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 often are you an enabler of your team’s poor performance?

  • Never — I hold everyone accountable for their work: 14.89%
  • Sometimes — I occasionally let them get away with things: 75.84%
  • Often — I clean up their messes and they keep making them: 7.58%
  • Always — I struggle to hold them accountable for their work: 1.69%

Give them an inch… You’re the guardian of the standard.[…] 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 analytical is your organization?

  • Highly — we analyze everything sometimes at the cost of action: 42.71%
  • Very — we balance analysis with judgment: 27.62%
  • Somewhat — we do some analysis but act quickly: 19.44%
  • Not at all — little analysis, mostly action: 10.23%

Analysis Paralysis.[…] 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 person is harder to lead?

  • Slacker — they have talent but won’t apply themselves: 24.31%
  • Steamroller — they apply themselves but harm relationships: 48.91%
  • Stowaway — they avoid work and hope to go unnoticed: 26.78%

Steamrollers need to be restrained.[…] 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 recognize when something will “trigger” you in a negative way?

  • Extremely well — I know my triggers and mitigate them before they happen: 11.37%
  • Very well — I recognize when I’m being triggered and act accordingly: 47.56%
  • Well — I can recover quickly when I’m triggered: 25.99%
  • Not well — I have trouble reacting well when I’m triggered: 14.15%
  • Poorly — I’m not aware I’ve been triggered until after the damage is done: .93%

Mindfulness 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.

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 »