What’s the balance between “thinking” and “doing” on your team?

Our reader poll today asks: What’s the balance between “thinking” and “doing” on your team? – We do too much thinking and not enough doing: 38% – We have a good balance between thinking and doing: 28% – We do too much doing without enough thinking: 34% Balancing thinking and doing. Many of you face […]

Problem Solvers Make Great Leaders

Being a problem solver can help you stand out as a leader. Finding things that aren’t going well and coming up with ways to fix them can be a true differentiator. Today’s post is by Suzanne Paling, author of The Sales Leader’s Problem Solver (CLICK HERE to get your copy). Articles on the subject of […]

Building Creative Stamina: Three Keys to Strength Training for Adults

Creativity is a skill that can be built like any other. Understanding your passion and challenging the voices in your head that say “no” are a great way to start. Today’s post is by Jane Dunnewold, author of Creative Strength Training (CLICK HERE to get your copy). Maybe it’s disingenuous to say that each of […]

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, […]

Balancing Current Performance with Future Growth

Finding a balance between current performance and future growth is a critical element of your strategy. Too much focus on either the present or the future can lead to disaster. Today’s post is by Jeffrey Saltzman and Scott Brooks, co-authors of Creating the Vital Organization (CLICK HERE to get your copy). What is the difference […]

Failures Are Experiments, Not Failures

There’s a difference between experiencing failure and being a failure. Some of the greatest lessons come from failing – but only if you’re willing to learn them. Today’s post is by Shawn Hunter, author of Small Acts of Leadership (CLICK HERE to get your copy). On March 2, 1962, Wilt “the Stilt” Chamberlain had the […]

How effective are you at celebrating and learning from failure?

Our reader poll today asks: How effective are you at celebrating and learning from failure? – Very — Every failure is a learning opportunity 43% – Somewhat — Sometimes I celebrate failure but not always: 38% – Not very — I focus more on consequences than learning: 12% – Not at all — There’s nothing […]

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 […]

The Simplest Questions Lead to the Biggest Insights

One of the shortest words in the English language can generate tremendous insights if you simply keep repeating it. Asking “why” can help you get to root causes and create ideas for fixing the biggest issues you face. One of the most effective critical thinking tools I’ve ever come across is the five why’s. When […]

Surprising Ways Your Office Environment is Stifling Innovation

Often, little though goes into our physical surroundings. By starting to make small changes to the environment you work in every day, you can make a big difference to your creative output. Today’s post is by Dr. Amantha Imber, author of The Innovation Formula (CLICK HERE to get your copy). Nine out of ten offices […]