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: Which of the following poses the greatest risk to your business?

  • Lack of diversification: 14.29%
  • Rapidly changing markets: 22.53%
  • Access to the right talent: 31.68%
  • Aggressive competition: 19.6%
  • Shifts in technology: 11.9%

Many Threats.[…] 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: Which of these characteristics is the most dangerous leadership trait?

  • Excessively ambitious: 6.53%
  • Being short-tempered: 13.46%
  • Indecisiveness and over-cautiousness: 32.3%
  • Lack of vision: 22.02%
  • Selfishness: 25.69%

Dangerous Traits.[…] 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 well do you know your team members as individuals?

  • Very well — I know a great deal about them: 42.9%
  • Well — I know a few things about them: 47.58%
  • Not well — I don’t know very much about them: 8.01%
  • Not at all — I know pretty much nothing about them: 1.5%

The more you know.[…] 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 much control over your work do you believe you have?

  • Total — I decide everything I do or don’t do: 6.61%
  • Significant — I control most of what I work on : 65.23%
  • Some — Most of my work is dictated to me: 22.99%
  • None — I have no control over the work I do: 5.17%

Control is a matter of perspective.[…] 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 frequently do you worry about getting fired ?

  • Never — I’m irreplaceable: 20.49%
  • Sometimes — when projects go wrong or bad things happen: 55.74%
  • Often — I am frequently on edge: 17.49%
  • All the time — I live in perpetual fear of getting fired: 6.28%

Fear of Firings.[…] Continue Reading »