Face-to-Face With the Beast: Confronting Failure

All of us face the ‘beast’ of personal failure at some point in our careers. While failure hurts, there are lessons we can learn from our own mistakes. Today’s post is by Susanna Quirke of Inspiring Interns. It’s a common business cliché: every failure is another route to success. But how to confront that fiasco […]

The Power of a Personal Approach to Leadership

Personal leadership is about being authentic. It’s about stepping outside uniform expectations of behavior and leading based on your personal values and beliefs. It’s that personal touch that unlocks the true power of your leadership. I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Vera Ng’oma of ExcellicaGroup. Here’s the first part of our conversation […]

5 Tactics to Showcase Thought Leadership in Your Executive Resume

Showcasing your soft skills on your resume is a challenging task. These five tactics will help you showcase thought leadership in your executive resume and land that job you deserve. Today’s post is by Lisa Rangel, an Executive Resume Writer at How you include thought leadership in your executive resume is a key determinant […]

What experience have you had with being “layered” at work?

Our reader poll today asks: What experience have you had with being “layered” at work? – I’ve never been “layered”: 6% – I’ve been “layered” and it worked out great: 2% – I’ve been “layered” and it was horrible: 7% – What’s getting “layered”?: 85% What happens when you’re “layered.” Getting layered means there’s a […]

Best of thoughtLEADERS 2016: A Basket of Kickass

It’s time again for our annual year in review list of the BEST posts we’ve published over the last 12 months. Welcome to the 2016 edition of The Figgies (our EIGHTH YEAR of em!  Wow!) which are the awards we give ourselves for writing awesome blog content (here are the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, […]

How full is your “negotiating toolkit”?

Our reader poll today asks: How full is your “negotiating toolkit”? – Very — I know many great negotiating techniques: 20% – Kind of — I know a few core negotiating techniques: 42% – Not very — I know one or two key negotiating techniques: 25% – Not at all — My toolkit is virtually […]

Have you ever faced a major ethical dilemma at work?

Our reader poll today asks: Have you ever faced a major ethical dilemma at work? – Yes, and I navigated it well: 70% – Yes, and I navigated it poorly: 12% – No, but I feel prepared to deal with one: 16% – No, and I feel unprepared to handle it: 12% Difficult Ethical Dilemmas. […]

Fishing For Job Descriptions

We often miss the mark when we write job descriptions. We’d be much better suited to understand the job vision before we list qualifications for a candidate. Today’s post is by Bill Munn, author of Why Make Eagles Swim? (CLICK HERE to get your copy). Dave is thirty-eight and manages a team of HR professionals. […]

Turning Your Potential into Tangible Success

Achieving greatness is a matter of mindset, action, and habit. The more you reflect on where you are and where you want to be then take action to move in that direction every day, the higher the likelihood you’ll achieve the success you desire. Today’s post is by Michael Teoh, co-author of The Potential Matrix […]

How to Persevere When Facing a Work Grind

It’s called “work” for a reason. Most days we’re able to “work” through it and find enjoyment in what we do but occasionally we’re faced with a grind that saps our strength and threatens to derail us. Fortunately there are simple techniques for working through that grind. I love writing this blog – except when […]