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Leadership Development Carnival – Super Bowl Pre-game Edition

Posted by Mark Bennett on February 5, 2012

For many in the US (and for some around the world as well), today will be occupied by watching the culminating clash of titans for this NFL season. If not that, it will be for the commercials (if they haven’t already been seen on the internet – so it goes with our “always on” society.)

It’s easy to be cynical about these contests what with all the spectacle, commercials, and money that is being poured out onto televisions in households and sports bars across the country. In a culture replete with excess, this event is often held up as a classic example.

However, what’s great is when the focus is on how each team plays and the leadership that is demonstrated. While the outcome of the game itself does make things more tangible by setting stakes to the contest, it’s watching the individual efforts, the coordinated efforts of the teams, and in particular, the leadership moments that can really make the game a richer experience. It doesn’t happen all the time and some games have felt quite “hollow” – something was missing. But when you see a coach, quarterback, receiver, or even a lineman make a leadership call, it adds value because we can ask ourselves would we do the same? Am I doing the same? It could be by setting an example through extraordinary effort, motivating the team when they are behind, monitoring over-optimism when they are ahead, etc. How well the team plays in the game as a unit is also testimony to countless acts of leadership throughout the season and the training that went before it.

What follows are over 20 ways you can find how to improve leadership in yourself, your team, and your organization. It’s a diverse collection, so not only are you likely to find something that hits on exactly an issue you are dealing with, but you might also find a new way of looking at things that changes things for the better. You also might discover a blog that you’ll want to subscribe to going forward.

We’d like to thank Dan McCarthy of Great Leadership for allowing us to host this month’s Leadership Development Carnival as well as for the great work he does to support this community. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the superb entries this month’s carnival holds:

Wally Bock presents Fundamental Advice for a Young Leader posted at Three Star Leadership, saying “Noah Lomax asked me for ‘fundamental advice’ for a young leader. Here’s my best shot.”

Anne Perschel presents Manager or Leader – Which One is More Important? posted at Germane Insights, providing a case study and a story of two men, one is seen as a leader, the other as a manager. Which one is more important?

Tanmay Vora presents Fostering Autonomy in a Team: 7 Lessons posted at QAspire. People do their best work when they are “intrinsically motivated” and one of the most important intrinsic motivator for people is autonomy in work. This post outlines 7 lessons learned in building a self organized team.

Jesse Lyn Stoner presents No More Boring Meetings, Please! posted at Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog. The purpose of a team meeting is to create and tap into the collective wisdom. Holding a meeting to share information is not a good reason to meet. This post lists 7 good reasons a team should meet and 3 tips to determine whether a meeting is necessary.

Mary C Schaefer presents 3 Things Great Leaders Know About Managing Change posted at Lead Change Group Blog. Mary reminds us to appreciate resistance to change and to give people adequate time, tools and resources to prepare for change in order to give our organization the best chances for success.

Sharlyn Lauby presents The Inevitable Shift from Jobs to Skills posted at HR Bartender. Superb post about what is perhaps the most important issue of our time across the globe.

David Zinger presents 8 Powerful Approaches to Create Meaningful Employee Engagement  posted at David Zinger Employee Engagement, providing an outline of how to weave meaning into work.

Lynn Dessert presents Have Performance Reviews run their course? posted at Elephants at Work, asking do Performance Reviews deliver their intent or has process gobbled them up?

Miki Saxon presents Ducks in a Row: Titles—Silly or Serious? posted at MAPping Company Success. It’s the report structure that moves new CXO titles from silly to serious.

Chris Edmonds presents Plot Your Path to Ethical Behavior posted at Driving Results Through Culture. His post was prompted by the World Economic Forum session in Davos, Switzerland last week. The founder, Klaus Schwab, was quoted as saying that the global economic crisis was prompted by excesses – and that the Davos session would focus on ethics and moral behaviors by economic and political leaders to serve society more fairly. His focus in the post is that ethical behavior starts with each of us, and by following a simple ethics check we can “hold our heads high” at the end of each interaction, each day.

Robyn McLeod presents 7 questions you must answer to strengthen your great idea posted at Thoughtful Leaders Blog. A client shares a set of powerful questions from the R&D world that will resonate with anyone who wants to get their great idea the attention it deserves.

Steve Roesler presents Where You Decide To Perform Matters posted at All Things Workplace. Everyone is talented in some way. Whether or not you are a star depends on where you choose to perform.

David Burkus presents The Least Important Question in Leadership posted at The Leader Lab. Won’t spoil it here – but the post is really about the question behind that question. Curious now?

Dan McCarthy presents A Performance Management Model posted at Great Leadership. Dan has developed A Performance Management Model as a follow-up to his recent “Are You Managing or Just Nagging?” post. Check it out and see which quadrant you’re spending time in: Managing, Avoiding, Nagging, or taking a well deserved Vacation.

Jane Perdue presents 5 reasons it’s OK to say “no” posted at LeadBIG. Telling people “no” doesn’t make you unlikable. Failing to say “no” when it’s appropriate to do so makes you a doormat. And the really ugly kicker here is that saying “yes” doesn’t necessarily make you likeable.

Nick McCormick presents Hiring People that Fit Your Culture posted at Joe and Wanda on Management. The key to hiring good people is to hire those that embody the unique attitudinal characteristics of your organization.

Anna Farmery presents Why Predictions Are Not Just For Christmas! posted at The Engaging Brand. Leadership is not about predicting what will happen; it’s about being prepared for what might happen, which means being open to diverse opinions on that very topic.

Jennifer V. Miller presents 7 Questions That Help Conversations Move Forward posted at The People Equation. If you are having the same conversations over and over with your employees, you’re probably having the wrong conversation. Here are seven ways to get unstuck from the “conversational mud”.

Guy Farmer presents If You Don’t Have Something Nice to Say… posted at Unconventional Training. Many leaders miss a golden opportunity to lead more effectively when they don’t communicate in a nice way.

Chase Dumont presents What is Leadership? The Definitive Answer posted at Chase Dumont, Rainmaker. Rulers, philosophers, and corporate middle managers have been defining and redefining leadership for millennia. In this post, Chase outlines 8 keys to leadership, with concrete examples to arm you with an unbeatable – and practical – understanding of how to lead.

Mary Jo Asmus presents 20 Things To Stop Waiting For posted at Mary Jo Asmus. A checklist of actions leaders do to create positive change.

Scott Eblin presents Is Being the Go-To Person Holding You Back? posted at Next Level Blog. Being the go to person is a great thing for leaders to be until it’s not. In this post, Scott Eblin offers tips and a video coaching segment for leaders who want to shift from being the go to person to someone who build teams of go to people.

Erin Schreyer presents A Loss for the Broncos, A Win for Tebow’s Leadership posted at Leadership. Life. Legacy. Whatever your opinion on his beliefs and the way he shows them, Tebow demonstrates 4 solid characteristics of leadership that are worth reflecting on.

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11 Responses to “Leadership Development Carnival – Super Bowl Pre-game Edition”

  1. […] (hooray)!!!!!!!!!!!! Also, it’s the first Monday of the month, which means it’s time for the Leadership Development Carnival. Last month a reader wrote me and asked if I really thought anyone had time to read all the […]

  2. Guy Farmer said

    Great job Mark. Thank you for hosting and including my article. Take care, Guy.

  3. […] Bennett hosts the February, 2012 Leadership Development Carnival at TalentedApps. Sample the dozens of management and leadership articles posted this month. […]


    This is not the carnival that you canviist if you have few hours to spare.
    Do take enough time for each visit.
    Do inform your friends as well.

    • Thank you, Ashok, for your recommendation! I agree that there are a great number of blog posts here, each worthy of the time invested in reading them. We are honored to be associated with such thoughtful discourse.

  5. Mark –

    Love how you set up the introduction to the carnival…a very thoughtful way to underscore the importance of leading one’s self, a team, a group, an organization, etc. (and give a nod to the Super Bowl!)

    Thank you for including my post – most appreciated!

    With a smile,


    • Thank you, Jane. And thank your for your terrific post on a topic I have been working on improving in myself. You provided a great overview of the different factors going through one’s head and a course of action that benefits everyone involved.

  6. Mark, great collection of articles here. Lots of different and interesting perspectives – particularly like “Jennifer’s 7 Questions That Help Conversations Move Forward.”

    I noticed a few of the links weren’t working, at least for me – Scott Eblin’s article I got a 404 error for, for instance, and I timed out on Mary Jo’s.

    Plenty of good reading on here though for sure. Thanks for hosting!

    • Thanks, Chase. You are right about Jennifer’s post, which I like as it reminds us of the two-way aspect of conversations that leads to increased understanding and knowledge for both parties. This is a key part of social media that is so often lost on individuals as well as businesses. Your post is a great overview reminding us of Leadership’s key characteristics, the importants ways it impacts us, and how it is instrumental in getting things done.

  7. […] Leadership Development Carnival hosted by Mark Bennett at TalentedApps […]

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