HR Carnival – 19 Essays on Leadership, Career Development, Employee Engagement and HR Practices

by Jennifer Miller on November 20, 2013

in Blog Carnival, Human Resources


Once again, it’s my pleasure to host the Carnival of HR, and as always, there is a delightful and diverse array of topics from which to choose. So go ahead, dig in to your favorite topic – be it leadership, career development, employee engagement or the nitty-gritty of human resources best practices – enjoy!

Thanks to all who participated, and a special thanks to our carnival Ring Mistress (and newlywed) Shauna Moerke, who keeps the Carnival going every single month.


Jesse Lyn Stoner of the Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership blog speaks right to the heart of change management when she says, “the assumption that change has to start at the top is wrong. Stop waiting for senior leaders to provide leadership. Begin within your own sphere of influence.” See more at Stop Waiting For Someone Else To Provide Leadership.

Linda Fisher Thornton of the Leading in Context blog writes, “CEOs are in a unique position to make ethics a priority through their everyday actions, but simply modeling ethics isn’t nearly enough.” She offers specific ways executives can go the extra mile with 5 Ways CEOs Can Build an Ethical Culture.

Ben Eubanks has uncovered some fascinating (but sadly, not surprising) research that outlines what differentiates the good bosses from the bad. Find out more in Are Senior Leaders the Worst Leaders? from Ben’s blog UpstartHR.

Mary Jo Asmus shares nine tips for leaders to develop humility in the post What does a humble leader do? offered at her blog Aspire Collaborative Services.

Career Development

Julie Winkle Giulioni often hears managers say they (and their employees) “don’t have time” for career development. Julie says, hold up, you’re missing the point: the very work that is over-burdening you and your employees can be the fodder required for on-the-job development. See her post Transforming While Performing to get her unique spin on a difficult managerial dilemma.

What should a manager do when a direct report thinks he’s ready to be promoted, but the manager doesn’t agree? First of all, says Karin Hurt of the Let’s Grow Leaders blog, you must be able to tell the truth without crushing his soul. Karin offers seven tips for how to do so in Ready to Be Promoted?

Mentoring can help your career and Katie Richard, online content editor for the blog Changeboard, pulls in real-life stories of HR professionals who have used mentoring as a way to enhance their career growth. See more in How can mentoring help your career?

John Hunter of the Curious Cat blog draws on a documentary of a Japanese sushi restaurant for inspiration about applying oneself fully, which has applications to a career. See a series of inspirational quotes from Jiro Sukiyabashi, one of the subjects in the documentary, in Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

Employee Engagement

Are new ideas at your organization rejected involuntarily, almost like a gag reflex? There’s an actual name for this phenomenon (who knew?!) and Mike Haberman of Omega HR Solutions enlightens us on how we can reduce the tendency to reject new ideas (which inhibits engagement) in What do HR, handwashing and rejecting new ideas have in common?

Nothing kills employee engagement like poorly run meetings. Dan McCarthy of the Great Leadership blog helps managers improve involvement through meetings with How to Make Team Meetings Less Painful Than a Root Canal.

Jane Watson of the blog Talent Vanguard compares the rise of dilettante food canning aficionados to those who dabble in employee engagement, not realizing the immense commitment of time and effort each of these things actually take. See the example she draws from her fiancés Italian family in Hipsters, Tomatoes, and Employee Engagement.

Humor in the workplace can have a role in employee engagement and it can increase productivity as well. Humor Engineer Andrew Tarvin shares how to be more productive with humor at work .

Wally Bock writes, “Everybody wants engagement and it’s really not that hard.” He boils it down for you in You want engagement? on his blog Three Star Leadership.

HR Practices

Alex Raymond of the Kapta Systems blog says that today’s technology easily allows for intensive tracking of your strategic implementation. Don’t let that data go to waste, says Alex in Track the Implementation of Your Strategic Plan.

Kyle Dover of the Teleos Consulting blog offers this truism about performance appraisals: “It’s critical to recognize that virtually all appraisals are subjective.” Yes, they are and Kyle offers six tips for Making Performance Appraisal Effective to help minimize the subjectivity.

Stuart Rudner, writer for the Canadian HR Reporter blog, offers up information on considerations employers should make on severance pay, in When It Comes to Severance, All Weeks Are Not Create Equal.

Kevin Martin, Chief Research Officer for the Institute for Corporate Productivity draws lessons from baseball’s World Series to draw this conclusion about talent management: the best talent should always mean the right talent. See more in From Worst to First in One Year: Why the Right Talent Matters.

Amit Bhageria of the Young HR Manager blog reviews the six potential hats that HR professional must wear to be successful in Fast and Furious – The Role of HR in the Current Global Scenario.

Should corporate values link strongly with the way business is conducted or is it normal for corporate values to be just nice words? Ian Welsh of the HR Toolbox blog addresses this thought-provoking question in The HR Role in Aligning Corporate Values with Results.

Mervyn Dinnen takes on the recruiting industry and its changing business models with Can the Candidate be King Again? on his T Recs blog. Check it out to see if the recruiting firms you work with are following a Specialist or Low Cost model.

In a Category All Its Own

As we near the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Naomi Bloom, who typically writes about human resources issues on her In Full Bloom blog, instead recalls a pivotal moment in her life with Where Were You — 11-22-1963. For those of us too young to remember (like me) or who may not have been born yet, I encourage you to read this first-hand account of how one young woman coped with an event that changed the American psyche.


And finally, I offer up my post How to Tend Your Company’s Cultural Garden.


Do you write about human resources related topics and have a blog? Shauna is looking for a few more hosts to curate the Carnival of HR. Check out the details here.



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