How well do you remember to treat your team members like individuals?

Our reader poll today asks: How well do you remember to treat your team members like the individuals they are? Very – I treat everyone like an individual.: 70.1% Mostly – sometimes I forget to treat them as individuals.: 27.9% Not very – I often treat them like cogs in a machine.: 0.8%% Not at all […]

Occam’s Razor and Leadership Excellence

Simplicity can drive outstanding results. Providing your organization simple guidance and a clear desired outcome enables your people to spend more time executing instead of wasting time on unnecessary activities. Today’s post is by Gary Morton, author of Commanding Excellence (CLICK HERE to get your copy). The principle of Occam’s Razor has influenced many of […]

One Question that Dramatically Improves Cross-Functional Collaboration

Cross-functional team environments are challenging because people bring a “function first” mindset to the team. If you can get them to shift their thinking slightly, you can unlock the performance these teams are capable of. Craig Ross is co-author of the new book, Do Big Things (CLICK HERE to get your copy). It was painful […]

How prevalent are communication silos in your organization?

Our reader poll today asks: How prevalent are communication silos in your organization? They’re everywhere. Everyone operates in a silo: 56.7% We have a few big silos but not an excessive number: 26.7% We don’t have many silos: 10.7% We don’t have silos and communicate very well: 2.3% I’m a farmer. I’m supposed to have […]

Do You Innovate from the Top Down or Bottom Up?

Innovation is the lifeblood of any organization but too often it stalls because leaders see change as too disruptive or they’re not fully aware of why the front line is advocating change. Change your way of looking at change if you want a more innovative organization. Today’s post is by Jeanne Liedtka, Randy Salzman, and […]

5 Ways to Get Buyers to Tell Stories to Help You Close the Deal

Getting your buyers to tell stories can give you insight into how to sell to them more effectively. Here are five ways to get your buyers to tell you their stories. Today’s post is by Paul Smith, thoughtLEADERS principal and bestselling author of Lead With a Story and  Sell With a Story. Your first objective […]