Favorite posts from three rings in the 2011 Management Improvement Blog Carnival (2 of 3)

For the 2011 Annual Management Improvement Blog Carnival,* I reviewed the Unfolding Leadership blog (the second of three looked over by me and my son Hank).  In his meme** inspired SMALL WORLD entry Dan Oestreich explains how he began blogging in 2004 as an outlet for creative expression, not only in words, but also photography.  The pictures are what caught my eye and made Unfolding Leadership stand out from the pack.  This blog of October 7 provides an example of Oestreich’s eloquence in words and visuals.

I found the mid-year blog ON HYPOCRISY AND SELF-PROTECTION very thought-provoking because of its forgiving dissection of why so many leaders say one thing but do the other.  Oestreich provides an inside look at just such a fellow who happens to be in charge of a technical group.  From my experience, competence in science and engineering correlates inversely with people skills.  However, if one is willing to put himself under a microscope and be open to change, improvement is possible.  I urge anyone in a leadership position, especially those with technical backgrounds, to read this blog.

Going back to the first Unfolding Leadership blog of 2011 titled SCAR one finds a very poignant story of a woman who had the courage to speak up at work, but, unfortunately, it created a very bad outcome.  I really like the accompanying photograph and found it very apropos.  Read the comments for further insights on this issue of trust.

* For all the 2011 blogs see this list http://curiouscat.com/management/carnival_2011.cfm.  Background on the carnival itself can be found here http://management.curiouscatblog.net/about/.

**(An idea that is spread from blog to blog – see this page http://thedailymeme.com/what-is-a-meme/ for the provenance)

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