As this post hits, I’m gearing up for the Chicago Muddy Buddy race, which starts in about 40 minutes. My partner and I may win, we may come in last. But one thing is for sure: we’ll be working our butts off to make our Fail Spectacularly! t-shirts ironic as opposed to descriptive!
Whatever you may be doing today, I hope you go all in, too. Plant your flag. Let others look at you and wonder if you’re about to “Fail Spectacularly!”
What do you care?
Your not living their story.
This month’s Leadership Carnival:
Mike Henry Sr. presents Biased Justification for Poor Leadership posted at Lead Change Group Blog, saying, “Response to some advice given in Entrepreneur Magazine suggesting that business leaders should be ‘benevolent tyrants.’”
Wally Bock presents Be the boss, but don’t be a jerk. posted at Three Star Leadership Blog, saying, “George Cloutier’s recent article in Entrepreneur was seriously silly, but it stimulated some good conversation about what a boss’s job is.”
JS: A great follow up piece to Mike’s article that includes a wonderfully illustrative anecdote about a young lieutenant that I’d personally like to see read to every graduating MBA class.
Dan McCarthy presents Defensive Driving for Leaders: Watch Out for Your Blind Spots over at Great Leadership by Dan.
JS: Interestingly, I’ve never had a coachee disagree when I’ve told them they have a strength hidden in their blind spots…
Art Petty presents The Triple Threat to Good Decisions: Data, Time and Emotion posted at Management Excellence.
Tanveer Naseer presents 4 Questions To Help Your Team Keep Their Focus posted at TanveerNaseer.com, saying, “Article looks at four questions leaders can ask to determine whether their team is focused on the right tasks that will help them reach their objectives.”
Tanmay Vora presents 5 Ways To Build Trust (Lessons from a Conversation) posted at QAspire – Quality, Management, Leadership & Life!, saying, “How does a new leader build trust? 5 Lessons from a conversation with a friend who was about to join in a new leadership position.”
From Germane Insights, we get Leading Change: Lessons from the Sandbox. “Grab your beach blanket and don’t forget the sunscreen. We’ll be going to the beach for a live case study on mandated versus inspired change. While we’re there, we’ll also learn how to gain access to old boys network.”
JS: A surprisingly clear example of how to break down the barriers between groups—without any outside intervention at all.
Kevin W. Grossman presents Lead small. Think big. And be of self-aware endurance. posted at Leaders. Better. Brighter.™ The Glowan Consulting Group L3 Blog.
JS: I see I’m not the only one combining leadership and running…
Bret L. Simmons presents Leadership Is A Journey | Bret L. Simmons – Positive Organizational Behavior posted at
Graham Stoney presents Communication, Public Speaking, and Leadership Skills Development at Toastmasters | Communication posted at Graham Stoney’s Personal Development Adventure, highlighting the importance of communication in leadership skills development and the opportunities available at Toastmasters.
Andy Klein presents Empowerment allows management to prepare for the unexpected posted at Fortune Group Blog, saying, “Management can prepare for all sorts of scenarios and implement protocols on how employees should respond, but most situations are unpredictable. So how do you deal with those? You put trust in your people and empower them to make decisions in the moment.”
Adi Gaskell presents Do looks matter in recruitment? | Chartered Management Institute posted at The Management Blog, saying, “A new study has revealed interesting insights into how looks influence the recruitment process.”
JS: This subject may not be polite to talk about, but it does impact you, and it pays to get smart about it.
Alice Snell presents Six Engaging Talent Practices posted at
Nick McCormick presents Get Hard Results Through Soft Skills posted at Joe and Wanda – on Management, saying, “In this ten minute Management Tips Podcast, Susan Cramm, president of Valuedance, talks about how to build a coalition of support in order to achieve results”
other leadershipy stuff
SpiKe presents Newspapers And The Forgotten Art Of Being Informed — Part-Time Wage Slave posted at Part-Time Wage Slave.
Chris Young presents Three Reasons Why Small Companies Do Not Use Pre-Employment Personality Assessments posted at Maximize Possibility Blog.
There you have it. And now, you can:
- Ignore these great insights and fail miserably.
- Heed these great insights and give it your all until you either succeed… or fail spectacularly.
The choice is yours.
(Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.)
Jason Seiden is CEO of Ajax Workforce Marketing. Ajax amplifies brands by aligning employees' online messaging.