Carnival Time 2012!

Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends. We’re so glad you could attend! Come inside! Come inside!

That’s right, the first edition of the carnival for 2012 is here! And I couldn’t be happier about hosting. Last time it came this way we saw fantastic writing. This year is just as rich in content, quality and funnel cakes, so let’s get right to it!

Stuff about last year…

Here’s to the Winners and Part II: The Losers: Two posts from David Shadovitz looking back at 2011. Yes, two posts is cheating a little. Go with it. It won’t be the last time you’ll see it in this carnival.

2011, It’s a Wrap: 10 Ways to Tell if HR is #Winning Cathy Martin delivers thoughts on measuring progress.

Stuff about this year…

2012: Live Like the Mayans Were Right: Dr. Dan Crosby gets the nod as the first to bring up the end of the world in 2012 Carnivals. Well done indeed!

Connecting the Dots!! Steve Browne, fresh of a birthday celebration that, I’ve heard, shook the northeast to its core, challenges the status quo. Yes, yours too.

New Years 2012: Questions For Leaders: Linda Fisher Thornton throws out some ideas to get your brain limbered up for the next 12 months.

Your Top 10 Resolutions – Are resolutions nonsense? Maybe. Will you be able to keep them? Probably not. Susan Heathfield is here to give you some resources to change that.

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions: Andrew Tarvin gets in on the cheating with a three part post.

The rest of the stuff…

To Blog To Serve: A self described “cheeky” addition from Merv Dinnen. A round-up of what other bloggers are reading these days. As Carnival entries go, it’s very meta. As cheating goes, it’s top notch.

A Get Over It Guide to Transgender in the Workplace: A great story from Jessica Miller-Merrell on real workplace diversity.

Bosses: Do the Whole Job: Wally Bock looks at the work that really lies in front of people managers.

A Management Tip for Evaluating Employees: Performance reviews are coming. Mike Haberman might has something that might be helpful.

6 Ways to Take the Dread Out of Writing Self-Appraisals: Jennifer Miller may also have something of interest for those who start the appraisal process at home.

Seven Leadership Lessons From Seven Sports Figures: I’m a sucker for this kind of stuff. Each of these could probably be material for a full post, so it’s like getting six free posts!

Saying What We Mean and Not Raising Unrealistic Expectations! Ian Welsh turns a Twitter encounter into thoughts on communication and sincerity. How many of these did you violate today?

How to Achieve Better Gender Balance through Succession Planning and Development: Dan McCarthy brings some actionable advice on chasing diversification.

Work Anniversary – Is the Honeymoon Over? Our favorite Upstart, Ben Eubanks, looks back after hitting one year in his job.

How Fight Club is your career. So man up! Patrick Mullarkey translates a great film into career advice, breaking rules one and two in the process.

There’s True SaaS, And Then There’s SaaS: Naomi Bloom is here to educate you on the difference. Can you be am HR leader and not know this stuff? Probably not. Pay attention.

Stop Beating Up HR About the Numbers! Workforce planning starts with “why.” So says Lois Melbourne (which, IMHO, makes it true).

Appropriate metaphors for Organizational Commitment: Are you using the right words? Prasad Kurian has some thoughts that might interest you.

And the thank you stuff…

Thanks to everyone who submitted or visited for the carnival. Hope your 2012 is off to a great start. The best is in front of us!


  1. What a great Carnival and an excellent way to start the year.

    I really appreciate that you included me and in the company of such excellent writers and HR professionals.

    Sincere thanks, Dwane, and wishing you all the best for 2012.



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