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How effectively do you get your team the resources it needs?

Our reader poll today asks: How effectively do you get your team the resources it needs? – Extremely — they always have everything they need: 8.7% – Very — I get what they need most of the time: 49.13% – Somewhat — I get them the most important things they need: 26.52% – Not very […]

Dealing with a Crisis Absent a Leader

Without a leader, the team will founder and fail. The difference in any endeavor is having a leader who is willing to step up to the challenge. Today’s post is by Hap Klopp, founder of the North Face and author of ALMOST: Twelve Electric Months Chasing a Silicon Valley Dream (CLICK HERE to get your […]

How effectively does your organization manage reorganizations?

Our reader poll today asks: How effectively does your organization manage reorganizations? – Very — our reorgs are smooth and effective: 6.44% – Mostly — our reorgs go well but not without issues: 35.25% – Somewhat — we don’t do a great job with reorgs: 27.12% – Not at all — our reorgs are painful […]

Why You Need a Wookiee on Your Team

Leaders can learn a few things from Chewbacca the Wookiee. Leaders who have team members who are loyal, team players, skilled, and action-oriented will be more successful than leaders who don’t. GRRNNHHNNNHHNN! WOOKIEE! Every great leader needs their own Wookiee.  They’re extremely useful.  They can carry around robots, knock out stormtroopers, and co-pilot wicked awesome […]

Understanding and Managing Conflict Styles

In order to manage workplace conflict, it’s important to be able to understand and adjust to each situation and to the preferred conflict style of those involved. Today’s post is by Cornelia Gamlem and Barbara Mitchell, co-authors of The Essential Workplace Conflict Handbook (CLICK HERE to get your copy). Everybody has a conflict style preference […]

How well does your organization choose the best decision-making style?

Our reader poll today asks: How effectively does your organization choose the best decision-making style for a given decision? – Very effectively — we’re deliberate about choosing the right style: 5.78% – Effectively — we choose the right style most of the time: 32.13% – Not very effectively — we gravitate toward one style irrespective […]

Han Solo’s Secrets to Informal Leadership

Han Solo never wanted to be in the spotlight as THE hero but he always got the job done.  He can teach you how to be direct, take risks, and act decisively. I can’t help myself. I’ve been a Star Wars fan since first seeing A New Hope in 1977 at a drive in theater. […]

3 Steps to Preparing Your Organization to be Future Strong

Learn how to best prepare yourself and your firm for the best possible future. Becoming future strong is not just an organizational strategy — it may ask personal changes of you. Today’s post is by Bill Jensen, author of Future Strong, (CLICK HERE to get your copy). My team and I just spent the past […]

Are you comfortable promoting team members to manage peers?

Our reader poll today asks: Are you comfortable promoting members of your team to manage former peers? – Yes — I’m fine with making those kinds of moves: 71.66% – Kind of — I know it can create awkward situations: 25.4% – No — it creates challenging dynamics: 2.94% Support their leap. Making the leap […]

Best of thoughtLEADERS 2015: Even Better than Last Year

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 2015 edition of The Figgies (our SEVENTH YEAR of em!  Wow!) which are the awards we give ourselves for writing awesome blog content (here are the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, […]