11th Edition of the Carnival of Leadership Growth

Welcome to the July 15, 2007 edition of carnival of leadership growth.

SpiKe presents Self-Help Myths: Procrastination posted at Organize IT.

Mike Harmon presents Bookkeeping Basics For Your Business posted at Basic Accounting, saying, “Many of small business owners would rather focus on making and selling their products than on keeping their books and records. However, bookkeeping is just as important as marketing and doing business.”

Matt Hanson presents Matt’s Creative Advertising Blog » Blog Archive » Four Color Printing – Spelling A Big Difference With Colors posted at Matt’s Creative Advertising Blog, saying, “The world is swathed with color. We filter these colors through our eyes and attempt to preserve them. Through four color printing, you can make good things last.”

Tom Stanley presents Before You Buy – How To Interview Franchisees To Get The Real Scoop posted at Tom’s Franchise Information Blog, saying, “The most honest and forthcoming franchiser can’t tell you what it’s like to be a franchisee. So, you should take the time to call existing franchisees and get some candid answers to your questions.”

Jason Rakowski presents Humor in Customer Service and How It Can Help Your Business posted at Learn Good Customer Service, saying, “Your job is to sell something, not put on a clown act. How does humor fit into customer service?”

Stacey Derbinshire presents Three Life Saving Tips For New Businesses posted at Starting a Small Home Business, saying, “While entrepreneurs that are starting their new business typically look for ways to save money on everything from office space to consulting services, there are some things that are worth the splurge and more often then not, can give you the competitive edge you need to succeed.”

Thomas Humes presents Cash Flow – Life Blood for Every Business posted at Wealth Building World, saying, “The purpose of this article is to familiarize business owners with a kind of financing that is unfamiliar to many people, Factoring. I will explain, in a simple yet comprehensive way, how to improve your companys cash flow.”

David presents Face Your Fears for Success posted at Worldwide Success.

Craig Harper presents The Law of Attraction should be renamed The Law of Distraction posted at Renovate your life with Craig, saying, “I personally think the LOA should be re-named the Law of Distraction (as the title of my article suggests) as it (in my opinion) actually distracts people from change principles which actually work.”

Debra Moorhead presents Accept Responsibility posted at Debra Moorhead.com.

Moneywalks presents Blog Carnival – Submit an Article to a Carnival posted at Blog Carnival listings.

Andreas Engvig presents Apes, Speedy Learners, and new Brain Fitness Channel posted at SharpBrains, saying, “Even apes can grow their skills…”

Ivan Rios presents The Art of Leading / 5 Steps to Successful Leading posted at artofleading.net.

Samir presents Envy and how to deal with it posted at Develop & Grow.

David presents It’s The Communication, Stupid! posted at Guideye.com, saying, “Every problem in business- with the possible exception of actual theft – boiled down to one thing: communication”

vause presents Miss Utah Guard Sergeant posted at Active Duty Military Money and Matters, saying, “Here is a true leader for the military!!”

edithyeung presents The 7 Rules of Networking Made Easy posted at Edith Yeung.Com: Dream. Think. Act..

Adam Pieniazek presents How Much Leadership Can $1 Buy? posted at Adam Pieniazek, saying, “A post about the leadership qualities of John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, and what makes him successful. The focus is on how John uses his charisma to motivate and set an example for his employees.”

wilson ng presents The Solution to the Problem posted at Reflections of a BizDrivenLife, saying, “Do you find yourself visiting and redebating the same issues during meetings? More often than not, it saves time and prevent confusion to put the right processes and documentation in place rather than a disorganized shooting of issues.”

Warren Wong presents How Much Money Is Integrity Worth? posted at Personal Development for INTJs, saying, “How much money is your integrity worth? Here’s why integrity is your most valuable commodity.”

Ted Reimers presents How to Prepare for College posted at CampusGrotto.

FitBuff presents I Can’t Stand My Stand Up Desk! posted at FitBuff.com’s Total Mind and Body Fitness Blog, saying, “This article explains how using a Stand Up Desk can increase your productivity and presence at your job, plus tips on how to set one up to try out yourself.”

Christopher J. Brunner presents Leading by Example in a World of Copy Cats posted at GreatFX Business Cards, saying, “As a leader, what we do influences others in every aspect of our lives.”

vivek khemka presents 10 THINGS FOR NEW PRINCIPALS TO THINK ABOUT posted at The Red Pencil, saying, “Article on how to manage your first leadership role. written for school principals, applicable across.”

Gustav S presents The creative power, it defines our species and make us stand out of the crowd posted at success-is-in-you.com, saying, “what is a leader without creativity… and spirit”

Alvaro Fernandez presents Working Memory Training from a pediatrician perspective, focused on attention deficits posted at SharpBrains, saying, “An interview with one of the pioneers of working memory training, a key skill for setting goals and executing them.”

Lori Prokop, Blog Manager presents Sales Training: How Not to Conduct a Sales Meeting posted at J Mark Walker – Sales Training, saying, “J Mark Walker reveals 6 tips on how to NOT conduct a sales meeting (or any meeting) and gives 3 tips on how to have great meetings.”

Sue Massey presents Leadership – Managing Time For Maximum Profit posted at Business Management Life, saying, “In this article I’ll tell you some ways to focus on what is important to maximize your profit in your business”

Chris Tackett presents Effective Direct Marketing posted at Direct Marketing News, saying, “I knew a guy that owned a vacant house once, and he always laughed at the amount of postcards he received every week. He said they all looked the same and he just threw them away.”

Eric Hudin presents More Links You Receive The Better The Page Rank posted at Everyday Marketing Ideas, saying, “Many sites link back and forth to each other simply because it makes good business sense to do so. Search engines still count reciprocal links but they are not valued as much as one way links.”

Charles H. Green presents Linking Integrity and Success – CFOs and UBS posted at Trust Matters, saying, “Is integrity integral to success? Or is that just something people say?”

Warren Wong presents The Life Pursuit Of Money posted at Personal Development for INTJs, saying, “Why should making money be a life pursuit? Because making money actually helps people! Here’s why.”

Chris Russell presents Turning Coal into Diamonds: A Case Study on Customer Complaint Tracking posted at Productivity Planner, saying, “In order to reach the goal of fully utilizing customer feedback, a more comprehensive system for managing customer complaints is needed.”

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Lead Well and Prosper


With current state of the lack of good managers, Nick McCormick sets out to provide a tool for managers to lead well and prosper. Though McCormick’s book, “Lead Well and Prosper” , may not be for everyone, it is a perfect tool to provide for young managers and recent college graduates. McCormick lays out fifteen tips that he believes are essential to create good managers.

Each chapter covers one of the fifteen managing tips and great part about each cahpteris that McCormick uses cartoons and stories to start it off with in order to get a visual of his tip. Though each chapter is fairly short it has a lot of good meat in it, and McCormick closes each chapter with a do’s and don’t and an action plan that help the reader execute the tip from the chapter.

Also included in the book is summary of the tips and action plans which helps the reader use the book as a quick resource while on the job. Overall I believe the book is a great resource for young managers and college graduates. The material itself is basic, but to those who have not been introduced to these tips, the book would be an amazing tool for them.

Other Reviews
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10th Edition of the Leadership Growth Blog Carnival!

Welcome to the 10th edition of carnival of leadership growth. This is the largest carnival to date here and I am really excited! There are some amazing articles in this carnival and for the first time I am trying to catch up and read them all. Thank you to those who submitted their writings. Enjoy!

Nina Smith presents Brazen Careerist Lesson #2: Professional Development posted at Queercents, saying, “Recently, I wrote about my Lesson #1 of the Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success. It described how job satisfaction will focus more on fulfillment than earnings for Gen X & Y. This week, the topic is about how, as Penelope Trunk emphasizes, “The new workplace currency is training.””

Charles H. Green presents Do You Trust Your Boss? posted at Trust Matters, saying, “Sometimes it seems like managers are supposed to be gods, and good at everything, but in the end they’re shmoes like everyone else – and still have to make it work.”

Jason Elder presents The 6 Laws Defining Bankruptcy posted at A Bankruptcy Lawyer’s Blog, saying, “Most people know about Chapters 7 and 11 but did you know about the other 4?”

Ted Reimers presents How to Get a Job after College posted at CampusGrotto.

Jim Stroup presents Phony phase transitions posted at Managing Leadership, saying, “As a manager moves from entry-level to top-level executive, expectations and the focus/perspective ratio change dramatically. Unfortunately, many managers don’t understand this, and drag the past into the future like a millstone holding themselves and their organizations back.”

Mike Harmon presents Home Based Business Tips – Three Reasons to Outsource Your Businesses Accounting Needs posted at Basic Accounting, saying, “You are probably already using a program like Quickbooks or Microsoft Money to balance your business books. But I will reveal 3 reasons why getting a good book-keeper will make a world of difference in your business.”

Brandon Peele presents Psychology of the Observer Book Review posted at GT.

Randy Nichols presents Learn to Invent and Reinvent Your Future posted at Career Advice by Randy, saying, “Learn to invent and reinvent your future with carrer advice from Randy.”

Matt Hanson presents Matt’s Creative Advertising Blog » Blog Archive » Is Traditional Publicity Dead? posted at Matt’s Creative Advertising Blog, saying, “Promotion has changed and evolved over the last few years. Find out more at Matt’s Creative Advertising blog.”

Jason Rakowski presents Customer Service – The President Murdered Grandma posted at Learn Good Customer Service, saying, “Customers are used to feeling as if their concerns are really of no concern to the business they have just purchased from.”

Stacey Derbinshire presents Licensing Your Way to Wealth posted at Starting a Small Home Business, saying, “Licensing requires little time and money and is extremely risk-free, while venturing requires a huge amount of time and money and is extremely risky. Learn more at my small home business blog.”

Christopher J. Brunner presents Differentiate Your Business With Quality Customer Service posted at GreatFX Business Cards, saying, “What you can do to provide quality customer service and make your business stand out in the crowd.”

Jimson Lee presents Everything I learnt in Life, I learned while Bartending posted at Speedendurance.com, saying, “Hey Billy, here’s another article for the next carnival.
The title is self explanitory.. it applies to personal growth from life lessons!”

Leon Gettler presents Psychotic organizations: 5 warning signs posted at Sox First, saying, “There are five warning signs of psychotic organizations: disorganization at the top, deluded thinking, organizational fragmentation, lack of awareness and inability to deal with customers, regulators, suppliers and markets.”

Paula presents Career & Money Part 9: Re-pot, Re-invent, Re-visit posted at Queercents, saying, “If you are not growing and evolving you’re dead… Paula continues her Career & Money series at Queercents.”

Bhupendra Khanal presents Top 10 Mantra for Professional Success posted at Analytics Bhupe, saying, “Decide to lead first and then work to make that happen.”

Jim Stroup presents Inkwells and tea leaves posted at Managing Leadership, saying, “CEOs are being disciplined or even fired for problems that surface in their private lives. This is a new behavior by boards. Is it a good one?”

Tupelo Kenyon presents How to Keep Your Word posted at Tupelo Kenyon, saying, “Celebrate life through the creative power of your word.”

edithyeung presents I Have Confidence posted at Edith Yeung.Com: Dream. Think. Act..

Sagar Satapathy presents Business Fund.com » 17 Surefire Tips for Making a Successful Business Loan Pitch posted at Business Fund.com.

Scott Allen presents If You Could Ask John Assaraf and Murray Smith One Question… posted at About.com Entrepreneur’s Guide, saying, “If you could ask two of the world’s top serial entrepreneurs just one question, what would it be?”

Debra Moorhead presents Accept Responsibility posted at Debra Moorhead.com.

Brad Trnavsky presents Choose your attitude! posted at Brad M. Trnavsky – Sales & Management Blogger, saying, “A story about attitude, and your ability to influence others including the law of attraction.”

Sean LeMay presents Economics Sucks posted at Sean LeMay.

Lori Prokop, Blog Manager presents Building Relationships as You Are Selling posted at J Mark Walker – Sales Training, saying, “Would this be of service to your readers?

This is an article with a powerful action step for leadership in sales and customer service.

Thank you.”

Shamelle presents I do (But…. I don’t): Decide To Be Decisive posted at Enhance Life.

Ivan Rios presents Self-Confidence to Be a Leader posted at artofleading.net.

Ivan Rios presents Why be a leader? posted at artofleading.net.

Mark25 presents Forex Exchange Rate – How Does It Get Calculated? posted at HotStrategies.com.

Ruby presents 7 Things About Success That You Can Learn From Steve Jobs posted at Advice and Rants.

Tom Stanley presents Advantages Of A Franchise Business posted at Tom’s Franchise Information Blog, saying, “The advent of franchising brought a big change in business. Many have since become rich because of franchising. Franchising has indeed many advantages.”

Marc and Angel presents Corporate America Asks Questions Without Wanting True Answers | Marc and Angel posted at Marc and Angel, saying, “The situation I am referring to involves a professional environment where multiple individuals in a strict business relationship disregard the truth in favor of delivering the ideal lie.”

Alexandra Levit presents 10 Tips for Keeping Your Bridges Intact posted at Water Cooler Wisdom.

FitBuff presents Don’t Get Glad, Get Mad! posted at FitBuff.com’s Total Mind and Body Fitness Blog, saying, “Within reason, instead of waiting for you and your spouse or you and your co-worker to cool down during a disagreement, you should try and solve it then. You both will be thinking more clearly and are actually more likely to come to an ideal resolution.”

Tupelo Kenyon presents Communication – Friend or Foe posted at Tupelo Kenyon, saying, “Leadership skills lean heavily on communication skills. This article looks at communication for an unusual vantage point.”

Lori Prokop, Blog Manager presents Attract More Customers posted at Rodney Burge – Marketing Strategies, saying, “Great leadership blog. This article covers leading in business and business growth.

Would this be of service to your readers?

Or here are other suggestions:




Thank you”

Christopher J. Brunner presents The Importance of Being Assertive posted at GreatFX Business Cards, saying, “Tips on how to be more assertive and, thus, be more successful in both your business and personal life.”

Cade Krueger presents 3 Easy Steps On How To Create A Productive Life posted at Write To Right.

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A Question to Those Who Have Been Working For Awhile


This weekend I finshed one of my new favorite books, “Leaving Microsoft to Change the World”, by John Wood, founder of Room to Read. I loved the book because it has lessons for everyone in it, could be a perfect book for a collegiate entrepreneurship class. It also reminded me of the guys over at Pursue The Passion, because John Wood did exactly that.

There was one quote that kind of worried me about my current work situation. John writes, “As the company got bigger, there was less correlation between efforts and outcome.”

Is this really true working for bigger companies, or is this something not experienced at every big company?

If you have any thoughts about the quote I would love to hear your thoughts. You can post here or email me at organicleadership@gmail.com.

There were so many lessons I learned in this book and plan to have another post soon inspired from the book.

I Would Love to Work For This Manager

This morning I came across a great article about a boss who donated his kidney to his office assistant after he found out she needed one to live. You do not have to give a body organ to be a great leader, but it is refreshing to see a leader look out for others.

Can It Be Learned? Part 2 Discovery

As I was thinking about what it took to discover what is in your heart I came across two great articles about what I was thinking. Steve over at All Things Workplace talks about his experience away from his normal routine to listen to what his body, soul, and mind. He starts off saying:

Sometimes it pays to just stop.


Because we’re not made to “go” all the time.

Steve is right. We feel we are called to go, go, go. We think our job promotion depends on more time, but what we neglect is time to discover your heart. Margaret Wheatleygoes on and gives some ways to find peace, which is key to discovering your heart.

Start your day off peacefully. I’ve raised a large family, so I laugh as I state this. But I’ve learned that I can’t expect to find peace at work. However peaceful I am as I enter the office, that’s probably my peak peaceful experience of the day. So I have a strong motivation to find peace before work. There are many ways to cultivate peace at the start of your day. You can drive to work in silence. Or listen to a particularly soothing piece of music. You can reflect on a spiritual phrase or parable. You can take a few minutes to just sit, either meditating or focusing on a lovely object. You can look for something beautiful outside your window. As your day grows crazier, it helps to know what peace feels like. Sometimes you can even recall that feeling in the midst of very great turmoil.

Both Steve and Margaret point out that it takes silence in order to discover what your heart is. Silence can be scary because truth finds it way out during silence and through the truth you can discover who you are and what your heart desires. The challenge is to stop taking the giant steps and stop. Then find time and a place to be by yourself and see what is in your heart.

A leader is not a leader all the time

I love watching reality telivision shows where they form teams to compete against each other. It always seems like it comes down two things when the losing team is choosing who to eliminate, competency and likability.

Everyone wants to be the leader, but not everyone can be the leader at every moment. At times we see people try to rise to leadership because they feel they know what they are doing, and they might have a heart of a leader, but when it come to push and shove, they are not as competent as they think they are.

Their low competence leaves the leader unsure where to lead his team. He has a harder time seeing the big picture a comptetent leader would see. Because of the lack of direction, it leads to a lack of trust and people trying to take over because of the fear losing. Eventually the leader sees his team collapse in front of him, which leads to him being on the elimination table.

One of the challenges of being a leader is to know when not to lead. We are not called to lead every moment, because we are not fully competent at every situation. At times when we might not be knowledgable about situation, take the opportunity to help a young leader develop.

9th Edition of The Carnival of Leadership Growth

Welcome to the 8th edition of carnival of leadership growth. This edition has a lot of great posts and I hope you enjoy. Thank you for stopping by and thank you bloggers for taking time to write such great thoughts. The next edition will be posted July 1.

GP presents The Way of The Grasshopper posted at Fish Creek House – INNside Innkeeping, saying, “As an innkeeper, lessons learned from everything and everyone… and my horses.. open mind, open heart”

Jim Stroup presents The paper they’re written on posted at Managing Leadership, saying, “Hi Billy!

Contracts are really only a starting point – and often turn out to be a false start – for a project. Ongoing and frank conversations between all parties help keep disappointment at bay, and execution on track.

Bill Sheridan presents Little Lie—Big Dilemma posted at The Freestyle Entrepreneur.

Vahid Chaychi presents Tens of Different Ways to Make Money from Home and through the Internet and Your Personal Computer posted at Internet and Search Engine Marketing, saying, “To start working from home, you really don’t need to join any home business program and probably get scammed. You can easily start your home business through selling ClickBank digital products, blogging, stock exchange, Forex, eBay, accounting and … .”

Brandon Peele presents Psychology vs. Philosophy posted at GT.

Patti Blevins presents Work At Home Challenges posted at pattiblevins.com, saying, “Discover How YOU Can Explode Your Home Based Business Opportunity And Work At Home”

Sagar Satapathy presents Business Fund.com » How To: Bootstrap It (27 Tips) posted at Business Fund.com.

CA presents Similarities – B-2-B posted at Atlantic Canada’s Small Business Blog, saying, ““Running a business is like bringing up a baby.” No doubt you may have heard this analogy. You really do not realize its significance until you have a baby AND have entrepreneurship experience. It has to be both as I am finding out. Our baby is less than a month old and we are overwhelmed. I remember going through the exact same feeling with my previous venture seven years ago.”

Ed Rivis presents The 3 Secrets of Exponential Growth. posted at Ed Rivis.

Christopher J. Brunner presents Common Advertising Mistakes posted at GreatFX Business Cards, saying, “Common advertising mistakes that you should avoid.”

Nigel Griffiths presents What makes a successful leader? posted at The Enfys Acumen Blog.

Mike Harmon presents Accounting Ledger and How to Write Ledger posted at Basic Accounting.

Mike Harmon presents Every Business Organization Needs Data Entry Services posted at Basic Accounting.

Aaron Wakling presents A Credit Card For A Small Or New Business Can Be A Powerful Monetary Tool posted at The Credit & Credit Card Blog.

Paula presents Career & Money Part 8 – Making the Most of Your Career posted at Queercents, saying, “Whether you are an entrepreneur by trade or not, you need to take an entrepreneurial mindset if you want to make the most of your career. This is Paula’s advice in her latest edition of the Career & Money series at Queercents.”

Erek Ostrowski presents Building a Sustainable Infrastructure posted at Verve Coaching, saying, “Building a sustainable infrastructure means creating systems and procedures that can be followed consistently and reliably, and that require as little time, thought and energy as possible.”

Jack Yoest presents The Manager?s Mission posted at Yoest.com, saying, “The Mission Statement of the Managing Management Time(tm) series is:

To Control Events.

In order to control events, the manager must perform a number of tasks simultaneously on the job.

First, the manager must anticipate future events and their impact on the organization.

But attempting to forecast events is fraught with minefields, and it must be addressed — the future has three characteristics:”

Shamelle presents Escape From Your Comfort Zone To Bring Out The Best In You posted at Enhance Life.

Stacey Derbinshire presents Why You Would Be VERY Wise To Start A Business While You Still Have Your Day Job posted at Starting a Small Home Business.

Debra Moorhead presents 7 Ways to Simplify Your Daily Life posted at Debra Moorhead.com.

Tom Stanley presents How to Investigate a Business Franchise Opportunity posted at Tom’s Franchise Information Blog, saying, “Thinking of buying a Franchise business? Don’t make these common mistakes. My article tells you the mistakes people can make.”

Craig Harper presents The REAL SECRET of Success. posted at Renovate your life with Craig, saying, “But without doubt, the toughest ‘sale’ I ever have to make (and I make it daily) is the value (idea, notion, concept, whatever you want to call it) of discipline.

When I tell people that they don’t need a pill, powder, potion, product, gadget or gizmo… they simply need some discipline in their world, they are typically disappointed.
They really want someone or something to do it (whatever it is) for them.”

Jimson Lee presents How to build a winning team posted at Speedendurance.com, saying, “How do you build a great successful team? How do you become a great leader? Here are the 7 critcal steps.”

Ririan presents 19 Battlefield Tips to Survive Stress at Work posted at Ririan Project.

Sagar Satapathy presents Feeling Unfulfilled? 37 Tips to Enjoy Work More posted at HR Lowdown.

SpiKe presents What Influences Our Priorities In Life? » Advice on organized and productive living through lifehacks and GTD » Organize IT posted at Organize IT.

Jason Rakowski presents Cellular Retailers Must Greet Customers within 30 Seconds – Study posted at Learn Good Customer Service, saying, “This is a great case study to show how customer service can improve your business. Lean to make more money by serving you customers.”

Christopher J. Brunner presents Using Your Business to Serve the Community posted at GreatFX Business Cards, saying, “Taking community service a step further by giving more than just a donation to charity.”

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