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 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 »

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.

What experience have you had with being “layered” at work?

  • I’ve never been “layered”: 6%
  • I’ve been “layered” and it worked out great: 2%
  • I’ve been “layered” and it was horrible: 7% 
  • What’s getting “layered”?: 85%

What happens when you’re “layered.” Getting layered means there’s a reorganization where someone new gets inserted as a “layer” between you and your existing boss.[…] 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 full is your “negotiating toolkit”?

  • Very — I know many great negotiating techniques: 20%
  • Kind of — I know a few core negotiating techniques: 42%
  • Not very — I know one or two key negotiating techniques: 25% 
  • Not at all — My toolkit is virtually empty: 13%

Learn the Tools, Win the Deal.[…] 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.

Have you ever faced a major ethical dilemma at work?

  • Yes, and I navigated it well: 70%
  • Yes, and I navigated it poorly: 12%
  • No, but I feel prepared to deal with one: 17% 
  • No, and I feel unprepared to handle it: 1%

Difficult Ethical Dilemmas.[…] Continue Reading »