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How to Turn a Reorganization Into a Leadership Disaster

Today’s guest post is by Mike Figliuolo, co-author of Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results (you can get your copy by clicking here). You can learn more about Mike and the book

“Papers please.” A John Ray birthday lesson worth remembering

Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho once said, Everything will be okay in the end. If it isn’t okay, it isn’t the end. It’s become one of my favorite inspirational quotes, for a number of reasons. I’m enamored with the


Lead With A Story

One of my (many) leadership mistakes. (You’re welcome.)

I'd just started a new assignment one month earlier when my boss called me into her office. The good news was that our business was great this year, and we were on track to overdeliver our objectives. The bad news was that next year was shaping up to be much tougher. To hit our numbers, we’d need to do some belt-tightening. She asked me if there were any projects we planned to do next year that we could do now, since funding would be harder to come by next year. “Next year,” by the way, [read more]

8 Brilliant Counter-intuitive Steps to Getting to ‘Yes’

Figliuolo's Law: an individual's compensation is inversely proportional to the number of PowerPoint slides they'll tolerate before stroking out.  That's the observation of Mike Figliuolo. He's the founder and managing partner of the executive training firm thoughtLEADERS, and the author of a new book called The Elegant Pitch: Create a Compelling Recommendation, Build Broad Support, and Get it Approved. He's noticed the way most people make a recommendation is to first go do a bunch of [read more]

Parenting with a Story

The 4 Types of People at Every Dinner Party (Which One Are You?)

Most of us want to be liked and admired by other people. So in social settings we find ourselves constantly returning to our favorite topic: us. We try to impress anyone who will listen with our job, accomplishments, how much we know, or the neighborhood we live in. And while that may work some of the time, usually it just results in us coming across as the kind of arrogant, self-absorbed know-it-all nobody likes or wants to spend time with. Ironically, the best way to make people like you [read more]

The Magic (or Curse) of Compound Interest and the 80-10-10 Principle

Making smart decisions about what to spend and how to save doesn't sound like much fun to most people. They’re often lumped together with balancing the checkbook and choosing between complicated investment options on the list of things we don’t really understand and would rather not spend our time doing. So they’re often neglected. But it doesn’t have to be that complicated, according to someone who should know: Pledger Monk. Pledger has spent a lifetime studying, managing, and teaching prudent [read more]