What’s Your Leadership ROI?

Leaders need to do a better job of how they invest their time and energy. You can’t get a return on those investments if you’re not mindful of where you’re investing and the results you’re getting from those investments (your leadership ROI). You make investments every day, likely without realizing it. You’re investing time and […]

Reach Out to Young Employees about Leadership Skills

Research shows that young employees feel solely responsible for developing their leadership skills. This is how you can make them feel empowered and less alone. Today’s post is by Thuy Sindell, a principal at Skyline Group International. When I was younger and less experienced, I made the same mistake as many professionals early on in […]

Bringing Your Corporation’s Soul to the Classroom

Project-based mentoring enables your company to get involved with students in a way  that builds real-world skills for them and strengthens your company’s image. Today’s post is by Patty Alper, author of Teach to Work (CLICK HERE to get your copy). One of the single most important things the human race has done over the […]

5 Project Management Lessons from Walking Across Spain

Whether it’s knowing what you need and what you don’t on a project or knowing how to manage conflict effectively, a long 500 mile stroll can help you build these skills. A few summers ago, I hiked the ancient Camino de Santiago trail across Spain. It was the best month of my life for many […]

Differentiate Your Business Through User Experience Research

While quantitative analysis is great, don’t dismiss the value of qualitative research and how it can help you understand your customers and differentiate your business. Today’s post is by Julie Lellis and Melissa Eggleston, authors of The Zombie Business Cure (CLICK HERE to get your copy). What do successful companies like Charles Schwab, MailChimp and […]

Data Analytics Requires Leadership by Mind and Machine

Data analytics is no longer the preserve of innovative tech companies or large multinationals; it is becoming a tool that could play an essential part in every organization. However, this powerful medium, which can offer great insights and guide business decisions, requires some thought and attention. Today’s post is by Marc Vollenweider, author of MIND+MACHINE […]

When Going Global, Customize Your Management Strategy

When dealing with global business partners and operating in foreign lands, you don’t have to rely on country generalizations. Analyze your unique contacts for maximum effectiveness. Today’s post is by Dierdre Mendez, author of The Culture Solution (CLICK HERE to get your copy). For stressed managers dealing with international employees and partners, a profile describing […]

Become a Better Salesperson or Business Development Executive in Mere Minutes

We’re starting a new podcast series specifically for sales and business development managers. Episodes will feature either interviews with leading experts, consultants, and bestselling authors in sales, or a discussion of the result of our research into the art and science of storytelling in sales. Today’s post is by Paul Smith, thoughtLEADERS principal and bestselling […]

Easy Steps Toward Becoming a Magnetic Leader

Magnetic leaders have a line of people waiting to work for them. What sets these leaders apart? Authenticity, vision, and resilience are three good first steps. Today’s post is by Roberta Matuson, author of The Magnetic Leader (CLICK HERE to get your copy). Lots of people believe it takes years for someone to become a […]

Define Your Question Before You Solve the Problem

To effectively solve problems, you must first understand the question being asked and why it’s important to your stakeholder. Without clarity on why your stakeholder cares, the recommendation you generate might be useless. The following is an excerpt from my latest book The Elegant Pitch: Create a Compelling Recommendation, Build Broad Support, and Get it […]