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 190,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: How effectively do you resolve conflict with others?

  • Very — conflicts don’t last long as I resolve them quickly: 32.83%
  • Somewhat — some conflicts are difficult to resolve: 62.92%
  • Not very — I have more conflict than I can handle: 3.04%
  • Not at all — my work life is nothing but conflict: 1.22%

Guiding versus driving conflict resolution.[…] Continue Reading »

SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 190,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: How valuable are your organization’s board meetings?

  • Highly — we get a great deal of value from our board: 21.89%
  • Somewhat — board meetings deliver some value but not a lot: 39.3%
  • Not very — the meetings are more of a formality: 24.38%
  • Not at all — the meetings simply consume time and energy: 14.43%

Stop telling and start asking.[…] Continue Reading »

SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 190,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: How effectively do you get your team the resources it needs?

  • Extremely — they always have everything they need: 8.7%
  • Very — I get what they need most of the time: 49.13%
  • Somewhat — I get them the most important things they need: 26.52%
  • Not very — I have trouble getting them resources: 13.91%
  • Not at all — I hardly ever get them what they need: 1.74%

Making a Case for Resources.[…] Continue Reading »

SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 190,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: How effectively does your organization manage reorganizations?

  • Very — our reorgs are smooth and effective: 6.44%
  • Mostly — our reorgs go well but not without issues: 35.25%
  • Somewhat — we don’t do a great job with reorgs: 27.12%
  • Not at all — our reorgs are painful and problematic: 31.19%

Disorganized Reorganization.[…] Continue Reading »

SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 190,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: How effectively does your organization choose the best decision-making style for a given decision?

  • Very effectively — we’re deliberate about choosing the right style: 5.78%
  • Effectively — we choose the right style most of the time: 32.13%
  • Not very effectively — we gravitate toward one style irrespective of the decision being made: 43.32%
  • What’s a decision-making style?: 18.77%

Different decisions require different styles.[…] Continue Reading »