Weaving Influence has the privilege of hosting the February 2022 Leadership Development Carnival! We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, development, engagement, motivation, productivity, team building, and more.


Marcia Reynolds of Covisioning Transformational Leadership provided How to Influence Instead of Argue. Marcia shares: “No matter how right you know you are, the person you want to convince to think differently isn’t looking for facts or logic. These 3 steps will help influence a shift in their thinking instead of pushing them away.” Connect with Marcia on Twitter at @marciareynolds.

Dana Theus of InPower Coaching writes Job Crafting Tips: How to Negotiate With Your Boss for More Meaningful Work. Dana explains: “As more white-collar and blue-collar workers alike look to their jobs for more than a paycheck, many are wondering if it’s better to quit or try to shape their current job into something more meaningful. For the latter, a more self-directed career development strategy of job crafting the role you’re already in can be a terrific strategy if you still enjoy aspects of your work and the opportunities it creates for you.” Find Dana on Twitter at @DanaTheus

Ken Byler of Higher Ground Consulting Group contributed Silence Really is Golden. Ken writes: “Perhaps we all need to silence our cell phones, abandon our in-boxes, and disconnect from the frenzy of social media on a daily basis. Let’s reconnect to the human spirit by gathering with and really listening to each other.”

Diana Peterson-More shared 3 Tips to Implement Now to Improve Communication on the Job. Diana explains: “In these turbulent times, it’s more important than ever to make an effort each workday to improve communication, especially when meeting someone new. After all, first impressions are “easy to make, and hard to break.” Consider these initial encounters: How did we greet another; what was our focus – thee or me; and, did we really listen?” Find Diana on Twitter at @DianaPMAuthor.

David Grossman of The Grossman Group provided 6 Steps to Create Messages That Matter. David shares: “Development of clear, concise, credible, compelling and consistent messages is critical to communicating with employees effectively. Follow these steps for developing your core messages and you’ll have provided yourself and your team with the foundational building blocks for successful communications.” Follow David on Twitter at @ThoughtPartner.


Julie Winkle Giulioni shared Career Planning in the Age of Uncertainty. Julie explains: “Career success today rests upon something less tangible – but more powerful – than the traditional ‘outcome’ or trappings of career development. It rests upon our intentions, motivations, and vision for our work.” Follow Julie on Twitter at @julie_wg.

Frank Sonnenberg contributed How An Expectation Drives Performance. Frank explains: “Expectations are everything. In fact, your expectations don’t just influence your destiny, they determine it. Follow Frank on Twitter at @fsonnenberg.

Jillian Miles provided Why Encounter Groups Work. Jillian summarizes: “When people allow themselves to be vulnerable (even when they feel forced into it), it’s like they unlock part of their brain. Vulnerability breeds growth.” Follow Jillian on Twitter at @jillian_miles

Jim Taggart of Changing Winds shared Constructive Conflict: Advice from the Mother of Modern Management. Jim considers: “When we look back to the 20th Century and reflect on great leaders, whether leading nations, organizations or social movements, there’s a tendency to produce a list with mostly male names. The irony behind this is that the individual who is recognized as what Peter Drucker called ‘The Prophet of Management’ was a woman.” Follow Jim on Twitter at @JlcTaggart.

Marcella Bremer of Positive Culture contributed Leading Mindfully for a Positive Culture. Marcella considers: “Positive leaders can engage the transformative potential of climate change for their people and organizations. A positive organizational culture contributes to solutions. Get yourself in the green, positive zone and lead your team mindfully to solutions.” Follow Marcella on Twitter at @MarcellaBremer.

Bill Treasurer of Giant Leap Consulting contributed The Wrong Leadership Question. Bill explains: “It is the most overused question in the history of business. I remember first hearing it over two decades ago during the recession of 2001, and at the time I knew there was something I didn’t like about it. So what’s the leadership question?” Follow Bill on Twitter at @btreasurer.

Henry Mukuti of Insakanet contributed 4 Things to Do This Year. Henry writes: “Every challenge comes with opportunities that are begging to be explored. Perhaps this is the best time to reposition yourself and prepare to face the changes and challenges that lie ahead.” Connect with Henry on Twitter at @HenryMukuti.

Karin Hurt and David Dye of Let’s Grow Leaders provided 101 Remote Team Communication Approaches for Stronger Teams. Karin and David share: “If you’re serious about becoming a better remote leader, you’re going to want to become a master in the art of remote team communication.” Follow Karin and David on Twitter at @letsgrowleaders.

S. Chris Edmonds of The Purposeful Culture Group provided Culture Leadership Charge: Learning from a Chiropractor. In this video post, Chris shares: “Just as muscles can become inflexible, organizations can become inflexible. Systems that made sense in the ’70s may not serve well today. Policies and procedures drafted decades ago may not enable the nimbleness needed to wow your customers now.” Follow Chris on Twitter at @scedmonds.

Brenda Yoho writes Farmers Help Us Grow Leaders. Brenda explains: “Let’s begin by thinking like a farmer! We can develop a growth plan, by following the farmer’s planting process. Planting seeds of learning helps us all get better.” Find Brenda on Twitter at @BrendaYoho

Priscilla Archangel of Archangel & Associates provided Are Your Organizational Values Still Relevant? Priscilla writes: “The primary question for you as a leader is whether your values continue to reflect how employees should behave given the changing current events and environment in which we are operating? While values should be enduring beliefs that are embedded in the organization, leaders need to periodically review them to ensure they meet the needs of and respond to the evolving issues faced by employees at all levels.” Follow Priscilla on Twitter at @PrisArchangel

Lisa Kohn of Chatsworth Consulting Group shared This Is the Most Important Decision You Can Make Right Now. Lisa shares: “We are suggesting that even with all of the difficulty and challenges, we can and do have the choice of how our moods keep us down or fuel us forward.” Connect with Lisa on Twitter at @ThoughtfulLdrs.


Eileen McDargh contributed UnHappy New Year – Your Choice. Eileen explains: “There seems to be an onslaught of bad news that we hoped to leave behind in 2021. However, you can make a choice about how you look at it by choosing to change your perspective.” Connect with Eileen on Twitter at @macdarling.

Neal Burgis of Successful Solutions contributed Which Innovative Fork Will You Take? Neal explains: “The innovative path you take from start to finish helps your ideas become reality. In today’s uncertain world, the path or road needs you to be cautious as you complete your tasks toward success.” Follow Neal on Twitter at @exec_solutions.

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Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership provided What Good Can We Make of This? Wally explains: “No matter what happened, my mother would ask, ‘What good can we make of this?’ It’s a call to action and a great way to approach life.” Connect with Wally on Twitter at @WallyBock.

Jennifer Nash writes Career Coaches and Michigan Ross Alumni Offer Advice for Job Seekers in 2022. Jennifer explains: “If you’re looking to make a job change in 2022, you may have some questions. What’s the job search climate like right now? What special challenges has the pandemic created? Which pitfalls should I try to avoid?” Follow Jennifer on Twitter at @NashCoaching

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