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Have you ever had difficulty quitting something but it was a great decision?

Our reader poll today asks: Have you ever had difficulty quitting something but found it was a great decision? – Yes — I’ve left something I liked, but it turned out great in the end: 81% – Yes — I’ve left something I liked, but it was the wrong decision to leave: 9% – No […]

12 Characteristics of Great Leaders

The differences between a good leader and a great one boil down to a handful of traits that set the great leaders apart. Fortunately, all these traits are skills you can build over time. Most of us are good leaders. Most of us aspire to be great leaders. Few are. What’s it take to transcend […]

Leadership and Influence Through Storytelling

If you want a lesson to be meaningful and memorable, the best way to deliver it is through a story. Storytelling is an oft-neglected leadership skill. If you master it, it can truly set you apart from the pack. Today’s post is by Paul Smith, thoughtLEADERS instructor and author of Lead With a Story. He’s […]

Random Acts of Kindness and the Trusted Executive

Building trust isn’t about grand gestures – it’s about small acts of kindness on a regular basis. Leaders would do well to understand the impact such small acts can have on their relationships with their teams. Today’s post is by John Blakey, author of The Trusted Executive (CLICK HERE to get your copy). A random […]

How effectively do you resolve conflict with others?

Our reader poll today asks: How effectively do you resolve conflict with others? – Very — conflicts don’t last long as I resolve them quickly: 32.83% – Somewhat — some conflicts are difficult to resolve: 62.92% – Not very — I have more conflict than I can handle: 3.04% – Not at all — my […]

3 Tips for Making a Successful Leap to the Next Level

Jumping from one level to another – like going from manager to director – requires a shift in the way you think. The biggest adjustment is recognizing and accepting that you deserve your seat at the table. I remember my days as a manager. I had multiple layers of bosses between me and the executives […]

Your Brain on Work: How Stress Hijacks Your Health and Happiness

Stress is part of our everyday lives. We can either control it or let it control us. The difference between those two situations is how we manage our “alarm” and our reactions to the daily stressors we face. Today’s post is by Jon Wortmann, thoughtLEADERS instructor and author of Hijacked by Your Brain. He’s also […]

Using Speed, Agility and Innovation to Beat Your Competition

Innovation, speed, and agility can be a winning combination if they’re used appropriately. Those elements must be tied closely to your strategy if you really want to win. Today’s post is by Jeffrey Phillips and Alex Verjovsky, authors of OUTMANEUVER: OutThink, don’t OutSpend (CLICK HERE to get your copy). Every executive knows speed is important. […]

How well do you negotiate?

Our poll today asks: How well do you negotiate? – Very well — I always have negotiating success: 12% – Well — I come out ahead in most negotiations: 65% – Not well — I come up short in most negotiations: 20% – Not at all — I almost always fare poorly in negotiations: 3% […]

Solving Big Problems by Solving Little Problems

Big problems are nothing more than a collection of little problems. The faster you can break those big problems down into solvable component problems, the faster you can generate ideas that will resolve your biggest issues. One of the first steps in any good critical thinking process is taking a big problem and breaking it […]