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 transparent are you in sharing information with your team?

  • Completely — they know everything I know: 14.47%
  • Very — they know most things, but I hold some things back: 74.47%
  • Somewhat — they know the things I think they need to know: 8.3%
  • Not very — I share on a need-to-know basis: 1.91%
  • Not at all — I rarely share information with them: .85%

Transparency rules.[…] 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 team communicate using new electronic channels?

  •  Very well — they’re “digitally fluent:” 31.08%
  •  Well — they could use some improvement, though: 49.85%
  • Not well — they’ve been slow to learn new channels: 14.77%
  • Poorly — we may as well be using paper: 4.31%

It’s not just the channel – it’s the content.[…] 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 type of skill do you value more in your team members?

  •  Technical — being an expert at their work is key: 18.03%
  • Functional — skills like leadership and problem solving are most critical: 81.97%

It’s the soft skills that 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.

Last week, we asked: Which method do you use when allocating work?

  • To the first person available: 0.75%
  • Based on skill set only: 5.09%
  • Based on skill, availability and interest: 84.88%
  • I shift resources to the highest priority item: 9.28%
  • Based on first-in, first-out: 0%

Work allocation is multi-dimensional.[…] 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 comfortable are you asking questions you don’t know the answers to?

  • Very — I have no problem asking questions about any topic: 84.4%
  • Somewhat — I don’t do it very often: 13.42%
  • Not very — I tend to only ask questions I know the answer to: 1.34%
  • Not at all — I avoid asking questions as much as possible: .84%

Questions lead to insight.[…] Continue Reading »