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When you travel internationally, do you research cultural norms of your destination before going?

Our reader poll today asks: When you travel internationally, do you research cultural norms of your destination before going? Always. I want to fit in and not offend anyone: 51% Sometimes. But if I make mistakes, so be it: 22% Rarely. I’ll only research extremely foreign cultures: 7% Never. They can accept me as I am: 2% I […]

How frequently do you shift blame for mistakes you’ve made?

Our reader poll today asks: How frequently do you shift blame for mistakes you’ve made? Never. I always own my mistakes: 66% Sometimes. It just kind of happens, and I don’t realize I’m doing it: 32% Often. Usually, someone else caused the problem to start: 1% Always. I have a hard time taking responsibility for mistakes: 1% Mess up, […]

How do you deal with passive-aggressive people?

Our reader poll today asks:  How do you deal with passive-aggressive people? I confront them directly when I see the behavior: 41% I generally ignore the behavior: 47% I behave passive-aggressively right back at them: 13% Don’t stoop to their level. The majority of you either confront passive-aggressive behavior when you see it or you just […]

How well-defined are your organization’s prioritization criteria for investments and projects?

Our reader poll today asks: How well-defined are your organization’s prioritization criteria for investments and projects? Our criteria are very well defined and clear: 23% We have some criteria but they’re a bit loose: 25% We have few criteria and they’re mostly financial: 29% We have no formal criteria defined: 23% Criteria for fit focuses […]

What’s been your experience with individual contributors moving into management roles?

Our reader poll today asks:  What’s been your experience with individual contributors moving into management roles? I’ve always seen it work out great: 4% Sometimes it works well; other times, not so much: 85% Usually it’s been a disaster: 12% Set them up to succeed. Promoting an individual contributor to a manager role often seems like […]

How much exposure does your entire organization get to your customers?

Our reader poll today asks: How much exposure does your entire organization get to your customers? A lot. Every function of our company regularly interacts with customers: 34% Some. Occasionally customers will meet with specific groups they have to interact with: 29% Little. Only sales, marketing, the front line and support really interact with customers: […]