I love a good present. For me, that means receiving something you want or need, without asking for it.
For example, when your boss says, "you're doing a good job." Or when a friend says, "you're important to me." These are gifts.
Receiving internal insights such as seeing the good in someone who did something bad. Or receiving a deep inhale of breath, exhaling and knowing you are grounded in the moment are also presents. They are where you right now.
Since presents, the gifts you receive and having the centered moments of being here now, are fun, I crafted this carnival to reflect these presents.
First, there are the bloggers who took the deep inhale of breath, exhaled and wrote about their present states.
Mervyn Dinnen's "My Year In Lists" from T Recs and Gareth Jones' "Merry Christmas" from Inside My Head both remind us that the lives we lead in the past make us who we are today.
Ian Welsh at HR Toolbox took the theme to heart and gave a spirited account of what his life is today.
And Naomi Bloom wants to know at the present time, "What Just Happened To The Talent Management Technology Spend" from In Full Bloom
Second were the bloggers who gave their writing to each of us, to guide us toward leading practices, and to help us reaffirm our roles. These folks gave us solid advice. Yet they gave us other gifts as well....
Laura Schroeder's "Good Management: How Do You Measure Up" from Working Girl is a gold engagement ring for "mediocre managers (who) need to evolve into leaders who can inspire people to give their best."
Doug Shaw's "My Prediction" from What Goes Around Limited offers up Rock'em Sock'em Robots for the year 2012. It's Rocky vs. the Recession! And the Recession is goin' down!
Linda Fisher Thornton gives us the jigsaw puzzle of "What Is Social Media Leadership?" from Leading In Context. What I want to know is why are there so many blue-sky pieces and why do none of them fit?
Cori Curtis' "Why Goofing Off At Work Is Good For Your Bottom Line" from Baudville added to the toys in my office. We are now the proud owners of a Ping Pong Set and Bananagrams. Let the games begin!
Cathy Missildine-Martin's "You Might Be A Strategic HR Professional If..." from Profitability Through Human Capital was a page from the playbook on how to play Wii "HR Professional". Once you get the hang of playing, you're good to go.
Susan Heathfield's "How to Develop Your Emotional Intelligence" from About.com Human Resources gave us the gift of our present state: a mirror. But this mirror is not for us to stare vainly at ourselves. This mirror is for us to pay more attention to our emotions.
Well, there you go folks. That's the last present to unwrap. Hope you enjoyed the carnival. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.