How to Solve Your Biggest Leadership Challenges in Less than 10 Minutes

Today’s post is the second in a series by Paul Smith, thoughtLEADERS instructor and bestselling author of Lead With a Story. Read Part 1 here. You’re busy as a leader. You don’t always have time to invest in learning new leadership skills. I recognize that and I’m here to help. Below are 7 great lessons in easy-to-digest 10-minute […]

How often do you delay big decisions out of fear?

Our reader poll today asks: How often do you delay big decisions out of fear of being wrong? – Never — I always make decisions promptly: 28.72% – Sometimes — I’m occasionally afraid to make the call: 62.05% – Often — big decisions are hard for me to make: 7.86% – Always — I get […]

3 Reasons No One Listens to Anything You Say

Have you ever had the feeling that you were moving your mouth but no one could hear the sounds coming out of it? They go about their day as if you’re not there. There’s a reason this is happening: they’re really not listening to you. There. I said it. People are tuning you out. What […]

6 Ways Leaders Step Back but Don’t Step Away

Today’s post is by Al Bolea, author of Applied Leadership Development (CLICK HERE to get your copy). In our book, Applied Leadership Development: Nine Elements of Leadership Mastery, Leanne Atwater and I take readers through a leader’s journey.   One might ask, “What does it look like at the end of the journey?” The first thing […]

How well do you solve complex and ambiguous problems?

Our reader poll today asks: How well do you solve complex and ambiguous problems? – Very well — I’m a great problem solver: 49.9% – Well — it takes a lot of effort though: 42.39% – Not well — I could be much better at it: 7.1% – Poorly — I have trouble with ambiguity […]

How You’re an Enabler of Your Team’s Poor Performance

If you’re frustrated with your team members not delivering high-quality work to you, you might be the root cause of the problem.  It’s time to stop being an enabler of bad behavior. The following is an excerpt from Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results (you can get your […]

The Power of Teams: From Everest to the Pinnacle of Business Success

Today’s post is by Susan Ershler, co-author of Conquering the Seven Summits of Sales (CLICK HERE to get your copy). In 2002, while relaxing at Everest Base Camp, I fell into conversation with Dan, a fellow climber about to make his fifth attempt to reach the summit alone. Dan was determined to be completely self-sufficient, […]

What is your style for moving a team toward making decisions?

Our reader poll today asks: What is your preferred style for moving a team toward making a decision? – I push and drive until we get there: 14.44% – I build consensus through influence: 65.81% – I remain quiet and keep the group on track: 18.46% – I let others drive the decision: 1.28% There […]

7 Steps to Implementing Analytics Programs

Today’s post is by thoughtLEADERS instructor Maureen Metcalf and James Brenza, co-author of the Innovative Leaders Workbook to Implementing Analytics Programs. (CLICK HERE to get your copy) According to Thornton A. May, renowned futurist, “Change is accelerating (relative to data growth and computing capacity to harness it), and you need to take action at the […]

3 Keys to Achieving Mindful Leadership

Today’s post is by Dr. Stephen McKenzie, author of Mindfulness at Work (CLICK HERE to get your copy). Remember the difference between a boss and a leader: a boss says, ‘Go!’ – a leader says, ‘Let’s go!’ – E.M. Kelly Most of us know the enormous benefits of good leadership. Most of us know the […]