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How well do you communicate major organizational changes?

Our reader poll today asks: How well do you communicate major organizational changes? – Very well – Everyone knows what’s going on and why in a timely manner: 19% – Well – We get most of the information out but occasionally miss some things: 44% – Not well – We could do a much better […]




Build Your Business Like an Architect

Building your business requires a balance between creativity and pragmatic planning. Architects can serve as a useful metaphor for the skills and techniques required to build a bold and innovative business. At some point in our careers we’re all responsible for growing our business in some fashion. Whether it’s driving revenue growth, building your team’s […]




How do you view your need for skill development?

Our reader poll today asks: How do you view your need for skill development? – I’m good to go and don’t need to spend time on my development: 5% – I have a couple of focused areas I need to develop: 76% – I have several areas in need of a lot of development: 15% […]




5 Strategy Mistakes That Will Derail Your Business

Dealing with rapidly changing markets makes strategic planning challenging. You don’t need to make it more difficult by making five common strategic planning mistakes. Know the symptoms of a defective strategy to avoid making a mess in the market. Today’s post is by Paul Petrone, editor of The Learning Blog for LinkedIn. Once a year (at least), the […]




A Little Learning is a Powerful Thing

Training is great as long as you apply it. By taking learning and breaking it up into daily applied tasks, you’ll learn more rapidly and more effectively. Today’s post is by Wally Bock, author of Become a Better Boss One Tip at a Time (CLICK HERE to get your copy). “The training was great! But […]




How well do you handle long-term adversity?

Our reader poll today asks: How well do you handle long-term adversity? – Extremely well – I can thrive through years of adversity: 15% – Very well – I can manage through prolonged adversity: 39% – Well – I can succeed for a while, but I lose energy over time: 40% – Not well – […]




Leadership Lessons from Google, Procter & Gamble, and a Rock-n-Roll Legend

Great leaders learn from their failures, no matter where they happen. Below you’ll learn what some great leaders learned from losing a wrestling match, getting booed off stage, a discrimination lawsuit, an unflattering article in Business Week, a one-night stand, and a bar fight. Today’s post is by Paul Smith, thoughtLEADERS principal and bestselling author […]




Radically Rethinking the Innovation Essentials Checklist

Open offices, ideas boxes and hackathons don’t automatically lead to innovation and how to do it better. Today’s post is by Gaia Grant and Andrew Grant, authors of The Innovation Race (CLICK HERE to get your copy). We were recently given the grand tour of a new office designed to improve innovation. A multinational insurance […]




What’s the biggest obstacle to you investing in your own development?

Our reader poll today asks: What’s the biggest obstacle to you investing in your own development? – I don’t have time: 42% – I don’t have budget: 20% – I don’t need development: 1% – I can’t find any good development opportunities: 8% – My boss won’t let me: 7% – Some other reason/combination of […]




Are You Becoming a Leadership Dinosaur?

  Leadership is a skill that requires constant practice. The world changes and brings new challenges every day. How can you ensure you’re staying fresh as a leader and not going the way of the dinosaur? Leadership abilities can grow stale and out of date. While most leaders have good intentions, and want to do […]