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 involved are you with “more senior” conversations?

  • Very — I always have a seat at the table: 25.73%
  • Somewhat — they include me when I’m the expert: 51.19%
  • Rarely — I have to fight to be included in those discussions: 14.06%
  • Never — I’m always kept at the “kids table:” 9.02%

Earn your seat at the table.[…] 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 motivate your people?

  • Extremely — they’re constantly fired up: 7.74%
  • Fairly — they’re motivated most of the time: 78.64%
  • Somewhat — I have to push to motivate them: 9.6%
  • Not very — it’s a struggle to motivate them: 4.02%

They look to you for motivation.[…] 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: What best describes the mix of work you do?

  • I like every bit of my work: 15.18%
  • I like most of my work but dislike a portion: 70.68%
  • I like and dislike my work in equal proportions: 6.7%
  • I dislike most of my work but like some of it: 6.55%
  • I dislike all the work I do: .89%

A generally happy workforce.[…] 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 are you feeling going into 2015?

  • Very excited and optimistic — it’ll be a great year: 35.13%
  • Positive but apprehensive– there’s a lot of uncertainty: 46.71%
  • Very cautious — there’s a lot to be concerned about: 14.17%
  • Pessimistic — it’s going to be a very tough year: 3.99%

Gearing Up for a Better Year.[…] 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 set aside time to do things for yourself?

  • Very well — I regularly carve out time for myself: 15.56%
  • Well — I carve out some time but could do more: 38.77%
  • Not well — I don’t often carve out time for myself: 30.12%
  • Poorly — I rarely set aside time for myself: 15.56%

If not you, then who?[…] Continue Reading »