About the author: Mike Figliuolo | SmartBlogs

Mike Figliuolo Mike is managing director of thoughtLEADERS. Prior to launching his own company, he worked at McKinsey & Co., Capital One and Scotts Miracle-Gro. His is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and author of the leadership book “One Piece of Paper.”

SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 210,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our e-newsletter.

How much did your college experience contribute to your success as a leader?

  • Tremendously — I am forever indebted to my alma mater: 13%
  • A lot — My college education has had a big impact on my career: 31%
  • Somewhat — It’s contributed but only in certain areas: 28%
  • Not much — My success doesn’t have a lot to do with my education: 22%
  • Not at all — I didn’t attend college or it hasn’t contributed at all: 7%

Hail alma mater dear.[…] Continue Reading »

SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 210,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our e-newsletter.

How knowledgeable are you about global megatrends?

  • Very — We monitor the pace of change, long-term, across all megatrends: 10%
  • Somewhat — We stay informed only about megatrends we think directly affect our business: 40%
  • Not very — Industry trends are our main focus: 29%
  • Not at all — Too busy fighting fires to look beyond our business and the present: 10%
  • What’s a megatrend?: 10%

The broader the better.[…] Continue Reading »

SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 210,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our e-newsletter.

How often does your organization take big risks?

  • All the time — We make a lot of big bets: 10%
  • Occasionally — We’ll take a big risk from time to times: 39%
  • Rarely — We’re generally risk-averse: 40%
  • Never — We’re extremely conservative: 11%

Even Odds.[…] Continue Reading »

SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 210,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our e-newsletter.

How effective is your organization’s goal-setting process?

  • Very — we have clear and actionable goals all the time: 20%
  • Somewhat — we set goals for big items but not smaller ones: 31%
  • Not very — our goal-setting is inconsistent: 40% 
  • Not at all — what’s a goal?: 9%

Set a Destination.[…] Continue Reading »

SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 210,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our e-newsletter.

How effectively do you “manage up”?

  • Very — I manage my boss/superiors quite well: 41%
  • Somewhat — I occasionally don’t do this well: 47%
  • Not very — I struggle to manage up on most occasions: 10% 
  • Not at all — I’m not effective at managing up: 2%

Managing in Both Directions.[…] Continue Reading »