Content by Mike Figliuolo

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Strategic planning requires you to understand the competitive landscape in which you’re operating. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to get your arms around the complex market dynamics you face...
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Erin joined your team about a year ago. She came in with many other candidates for a job opening, and she impressed you during the interview. She was far and away the best candidate. She has lived...
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If you’re frustrated with your team members not delivering high-quality work, you might be the root cause of the problem. It’s time to stop being an enabler of their bad behaviors. Alan leads a...
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Mike Figliuolo
Leading a balanced life is a critical aspect of performing well as a leader. There are two types of balance. We always think about work/life balance in terms of “how much time do I spend away from...
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One of the biggest barriers to creating new ideas is the raw inertia of organizations. Personally, I’m not satisfied with the “way we’ve always done it.” Whenever I’m given an explanation of how...
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Along with an opposable thumb, we share one other trait with our hairy primate cousins: curiosity. We have an innate desire to understand “what happens if…” that begins in childhood. As we grow...
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Repeat after me: “No.” Try it again. This time with conviction: “NO.” Strategy is inherently about saying no. It’s about the choices we make, and the ones we don’t make. I’ve seen plenty of...
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As I was driving to the airport the other morning, I couldn’t help but notice that highway driving has a lot in common with leadership. I’d like to explore some leadership questions that come up...
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A leader’s daily decision checklist is daunting: From hiring or firing to major business changes, every judgment call carries with it some level of risk. A bad choice could result in a toxic hire...
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All too often, leaders seek to build support for an idea by talking—a lot. They go on and on about why the decision is a good one, detailing its benefits, the reasons others should support it, and...