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What’s the biggest challenge you face on projects?

Our reader poll today asks: What’s the biggest challenge you face on projects? – Our teams or leaders are disengaged: 20% – Scope creep: 33% – Internal politics: 33% – Loss of resources mid-project: 8% – What we build simply doesn’t work: 1% – Other: 5% Politics, Scope, and Disengagement. The big three killers of […]


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 […]


Are You an Arrogant Leader but Just Don’t Know it?

Are you an arrogant leader? Not sure? There are some hallmark behaviors for recognizing arrogance. Fortunately, it’s a trait that can be reversed if you focus hard on changing specific self-absorbed behaviors. Today’s post is by Peter Stark and Mary Kelly, authors of Why Leaders Fail (CLICK HERE to get your copy). There’s a fine […]


How well do you differentiate performance in performance reviews?

Our reader poll today asks: How well do you differentiate performance in performance reviews? – Very well — I achieve a great distribution of performance: 32.2% – Well — I could do a little better differentiating performance: 51.71% – Not well — most people end up with the same rating: 12.2% – Poorly — there’s […]


5 Benefits of a Holistic Approach to Employee Wellness

Companies that focus on employee wellness derive benefits like increased productivity, lower healthcare costs, and higher morale. Your organization can get these benefits by taking a few simple steps. Today’s post is by Dan Colgan, CEO of Rock Paper Team. Company wellness doesn’t stop at providing health insurance. Taking a more holistic approach to corporate […]


How familiar are you with the concept of being a “net exporter of talent?”

Our reader poll today asks: How familiar are you with the concept of being a “net exporter of talent?” – Very — I’m a great example of how to do it well: 14% – Somewhat — I know the term but don’t actively think about it: 14% – Not very — I understand it but […]


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 […]


How to be a Mentor to Your Millennial Recruits

Millennials work differently than other generations. The way you onboard them, give them assignments, and hold them accountable needs to match how they work best if you want to get the best out of them. Today’s post is from Matt Arnerich, from graduate jobs & internships specialists, Inspiring Interns. One of the most important parts […]


How effective are your team’s staff meetings?

Our reader poll today asks: How effective are your team’s staff meetings? – Very — We are efficient and get a lot done: 20% – Kind of — We get some things done, but they can be painful: 48% – Not very — We don’t get a lot done, and we waste a lot of […]


How Stories Inspire Great Performance from You and Your Team

Here are six great ideas to move performance from good to great. From the stories you tell to your own bold moves others will be telling stories about for years to come, you can build perseverance, passion, and engagement. Today’s post is by Paul Smith, thoughtLEADERS instructor and author of Sell With a Story. Here’s […]