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.

How “in touch” with the front lines are your leaders?

  • Very — they understand the front line very well: 13%
  • Kind of — they generally know what’s going on with the front line: 36%
  • Not very — they are mostly in the dark about the front line: 35%
  • Not at all — they have no idea what’s going on with the front line: 16%

Get Out of Your Office.[…] 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.

Which aspect of your team’s work presents the most difficulty?

  • Quantity — they don’t turn out enough results: 18%
  • Quality — their work product isn’t up to standard: 22%
  • Timeliness — their work isn’t completed on time: 35%
  • Intangibles — they don’t interact well with others: 25%

When and How Matter.[…] 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.

How well do you stick to priorities after you set them?

  • Very well — I rarely deviate from my priorities: 15%
  • Well — I mostly stick to them but deviate occasionally: 73%
  • Not well — I have difficulty sticking to my priorities: 11%
  • Not at all — I neither set nor stick to priorities: 1%

Flexibility Matters.[…] 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.

What are the most important “services” you provide your team?

  • Directing — setting direction, priorities and coordinating efforts: 29%
  • Doing — making decisions, clearing obstacles and getting things done: 26%
  • Delivering — ensuring quality and managing change: 5%
  • Developing — training, coaching and growing your team: 39%

Point and Build.[…] 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.

How well do reorganizations go in your organization?

  • They’re great — smooth with no issues: 5%
  • They’re OK — we get through them with one or two issues: 42%
  • They’re bad — we really struggle with them: 33%
  • They’re horrible — our reorgs are typically a disaster: 21%

Change is Painful.[…] Continue Reading »