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Have you ever taken a huge risk that didn’t work out?

Our reader poll today asks: Have you ever taken a huge risk that didn’t work out? – Yes, I’ve made a huge bet and it was a big disaster: 70% – No, whenever I’ve taken such risks, they’ve always worked out: 17% – No, I’ve never made a big bet: 13% Can you handle the […]




The Power and Danger of Overallocating Goals

Goal setting can be tricky business. By overallocating goals from top to bottom, you can improve the odds of hitting your top level goal; but be careful you don’t put too much pressure on your team members. Goals shouldn’t just tie from your strategy down to the individual goals. When you add your goals up, […]




Do you prefer to be in the spotlight or to work in the background?

Our reader poll today asks: Do you prefer to be in the spotlight or to work in the background? – I love the spotlight and getting attention for my work: 23% – I prefer to do my work in the background and stay out of the limelight: 77% Out of sight… Clearly the majority of you […]




Become a Better Salesperson or Business Development Executive in Mere Minutes

We’re starting a new podcast series specifically for sales and business development managers. Episodes will feature either interviews with leading experts, consultants, and bestselling authors in sales, or a discussion of the result of our research into the art and science of storytelling in sales. Today’s post is by Paul Smith, thoughtLEADERS principal and bestselling […]




Easy Steps Toward Becoming a Magnetic Leader

Magnetic leaders have a line of people waiting to work for them. What sets these leaders apart? Authenticity, vision, and resilience are three good first steps. Today’s post is by Roberta Matuson, author of The Magnetic Leader (CLICK HERE to get your copy). Lots of people believe it takes years for someone to become a […]




How trusting are you when you work with someone new?

Our reader poll today asks: How trusting are you when you work with someone new? – I trust them completely until they demonstrate I shouldn’t: 17% – I’m generally trusting but proceed with some caution: 65% – I need people to earn my trust over time: 10% – I don’t trust people at first but […]




Define Your Question Before You Solve the Problem

To effectively solve problems, you must first understand the question being asked and why it’s important to your stakeholder. Without clarity on why your stakeholder cares, the recommendation you generate might be useless. The following is an excerpt from my latest book The Elegant Pitch: Create a Compelling Recommendation, Build Broad Support, and Get it […]




The Same Personality Trait Can Define Two Very Different Leaders

Personality and leadership are inextricably linked. Two people with the same personality trait can be two very different leaders. Today’s post is by Ron Warren, author of Personality at Work (CLICK HERE to get your copy). Personality and Leadership Personality and leadership are inextricably linked. Think of how many professionals experience your personality through your […]




How actively do you encourage employees to contribute to their community?

Our reader poll today asks: How actively do you encourage employees to contribute to their community? – Very – we even make it part of their work evaluations: 15% – Kind of – we suggest they participate in the community and suggest how to do so: 44% – Not very – if they participate, it’s […]




The Power of the Mind in Decision Making

The inner voice, or what is more commonly referred to as “intuition,” is a powerful tool in the decision-making process. Opportunities open when the guidance of the inner voice is used because it is a reflection and compilation of the knowledge, experience, and conclusions thus far in a career and/or lifetime. Today’s post is by […]