Weaving Influence has the privilege of hosting the November 2021 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.


Liz Weber of Weber Business Services provided Communicate Changes Before Implementing Changes. Liz writes: “Managing change has become a never-ending but essential part of every leader’s job. But are you intentional in effectively managing change?” Connect with Liz on Twitter at @lizwebercmc.

Diana Peterson-More shared “Less is More:” Four Communication Tips for Maximum Impact. Diana explains: “In today’s too fast-paced environment, it’s imperative to make a point quickly, succinctly, and with maximum impact. Our ‘lizard brains’ are impatient: if we don’t capture another’s attention within a short period of time, we’ve lost our ability to make the case.” Find Diana on Twitter at @DianaPMAuthor.

David Grossman of The Grossman Group provided The Art of Listening for What’s Not Being Said: Top 10 Tips. David shares: “We all know listening is a critical part of effective communications, but did you know listening also means hearing what’s NOT said? Check out some of my top tips for ensuring the unspoken doesn’t limit your ability to engage employees.” Follow David on Twitter at @ThoughtPartner.

Team Building

Jennifer V. Miller writes Leaders as Role Models – What the Research Tells Us. Jennifer summarizes: “Modeling appropriate behaviors is a key leadership attribute. This is what research tells us about leaders and being a role model.” Find Jennifer on Twitter at @JenniferVMiller.

Paula Kiger of Big Green Pen shared How Lessons from an Adventure Race Apply to Government Leaders. Paula writes: “We don’t all have to get through a jungle, but we have to get through bureaucracy and conflict, which can sometimes feel like the same thing.” Connect with Paula on Twitter @biggreenpen.

Ken Downer of Rapid Start Leadership provided Boosting Team Performance: 3 Ways to Make Your Team’s Engine More Powerful. Ken shares: “Work teams, like jet engines, will self-destruct if they generate too much heat. Aeronautical engineers found a surprising way to solve that problem with the jet; here are three ways to apply their thinking to boost the power of our teams.” Follow Ken on Twitter @RapidStartLdr.

Neal Burgis of Successful Solutions contributed Rival Companies Working Together for Innovative Ideas. Neal explains: “Inventing and building the next industrial era isn’t going to be easy. Yet, it can be done. Bringing together the smartest teams of the best companies and while combining the efforts of both companies to create new projects can be achieved through collaboration, co-creation, coordination, and the capability to generate projects goes well beyond open innovation.” Follow Neal on Twitter at @exec_solutions.


Jim Taggart of Changing Winds shared Are You an Authentic Leader? Jim considers: “Each of us needs to see our personal quest for leadership as one that first starts with the discovery of who each of us really is.” Follow Jim on Twitter at @JlcTaggart.

Bill Treasurer of Giant Leap Consulting contributed The Fall Hike Effect. Bill explains: “When faced with a challenge, whether professionally or personally, it is often fear that holds us back. But the more you courageously face fear, the less intimidating it becomes. I call this the Fall Hike Effect.” Follow Bill on Twitter at @btreasurer.

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership provided It Would Be Nice. Wally explains: “It would be nice if leadership was easy. It’s not. It’s hard but rewarding work.” Connect with Wally on Twitter at @WallyBock.

Dr. Bill Donahue writes The Discerning Leader. Bill shares: “Discernment helps us judge without judging, push without shoving, stop without getting stuck, and move forward without mowing others down. Discernment helps us keep our edge without careening over the edge.” Find Bill on Twitter @drbilldonahue.

Sean Glaze of Great Results Team Building shared Why Humility Makes You More Successful (And Coachable). Sean writes: “Most of the executives I have met have secured coaches. But not every one of those executives or athletes has benefited from the information and encouragement and suggestions that they received. Because too few of us actually STAY COACHABLE.” Find Sean on Twitter at @leadyourteam.

Ken Byler of Higher Ground Consulting Group contributed Optimism and Leadership. Ken writes: “What often separates the optimists from the pessimists in any workplace is the different ways they view success and failure.”

Priscilla Archangel of Archangel & Associates provided 10 Core Responsibilities for Leaders: Understanding Your Role. Priscilla writes: “At least ten core responsibilities of leaders play a significant role in how effectively they lead their teams and organizations. How they do it will vary based on the industry, products or services provided, financial positioning, business environment and culture, and their values and personality. But these factors must all be leveraged as part of their position.” Follow Priscilla on Twitter at @PrisArchangel.

Randy Conley of Leading with Trust shared Simple Truths of Leadership Turn Common Sense into Common Practice. Randy shares: “What if I told you the key to being a successful leader was to make common sense common practice, and to do that, you need to remember and follow some important simple truths?” Connect with Randy on Twitter at @RandyConley.

S. Chris Edmonds of The Purposeful Culture Group provided Good Comes First: Make Values Measurable and Socially Relevant. In this video post, Chris shares: “You have to get very, very specific, creating measurable behaviors that define what your values are.” Follow Chris on Twitter at @scedmonds.

Karin Hurt and David Dye of Let’s Grow Leaders provided How to Help Your Team Think Like an Entrepreneur. Karin and David share: “Back in her Verizon days, one of Karin’s favorite questions to ask a team member whom she was encouraging to think like an entrepreneur was: ‘If this was your company, would you _______ (make this decision, hold this meeting, spend money in this matter, invest in this project)?'” Follow them on Twitter at @letsgrowleaders.


John Hunter writes Interview of Bill Hunter, Brian Joiner and Peter Scholtes on Better Management Practices. John explains: “Management by opinion is a poor way to run an organization. Management by experimenting often and done by those doing the job is much more effective. In order to bring about this chance the organization must drive decision making down the organization chart and provide training, support and leadership that promotes data based decision making by those doing the work.” Follow John on Twitter at @aJohnHunter.

Jon Verbeck provided Fourth and Final: Finish Strong and Be Ready. Jon writes: “The fourth quarter has started – the final quarter of the year. In this fourth-and-final quarter, there are four things you should do in your business to stay strong and successful.” Follow Jon on Twitter at @jonverbeck1

Henry Mukuti of Insakanet contributed Why it is Important to Do What you Love for a Living. Henry writes: “When you love something you will do everything in your power to get it. When you get it you will be more careful in ensuring that you keep it for the longest period possible. It is much easier and better to achieve your goals by doing what you love.” Connect with Henry on Twitter at @HenryMukuti.


Marcella Bremer of Positive Culture contributed A Positive Culture Cares for the Planet. Marcella considers: “The pandemic caused an unprecedented change and the IPCC reported accelerated climate change. A positive organizational culture helps to navigate the necessary transition. A positive culture IS a planet culture. Long-term success and return on investment aren’t possible without care for our climate. What’s your contribution?” Follow Marcella on Twitter at @MarcellaBremer.

Steve DiGioia contributed Should We Expect WOW Service? Steve writes: “Leaders, customer service gurus, trainers, and authors always talk about going above and beyond for the customer and finding ways to create an ‘experience.’ I too have said the same thing many times before. But are we wrong? Is it too much to expect a business to do more than we ask of them? I say no, it isn’t.” Find Steve on Twitter at @stevedigioia.

Eileen McDargh contributed Kenyan Women CRAFT Their Way to Safety and Security. Eileen explains: “One of the most marginalized women in Kenya are the Samburu. Instead of waiting for help they joined together for protection and enterprise.” Connect with Eileen on Twitter at @macdarling.

And More…

Lisa Kohn of Chatsworth Consulting Group shared Why Self-Compassion is the Essential Thoughtful Leadership Practice. Lisa shares: “When we treat ourselves more compassionately, we calm our nerves and our body, which allows us to think more carefully and strategically and to navigate tough conversations, situations, and people more effectively.” Connect with Lisa on Twitter at @ThoughtfulLdrs.

Brenda Yoho writes Create the Roads, Clear the Path. Brenda explains: “Leadership is the deciding factor of accomplishing the work, goals, and delivery of success to every component in our chain of command. Make people feel important who work for you, with you, or come in contact with you. Leadership is about motivating others.” Find Brenda on Twitter at @BrendaYoho.

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