Be aware that the way you question someone matters, writes Marlene Chism. Make sure you're clear with yourself about the intention of the question before asking, and ask open-ended questions rather than close-ended ones.
Humility is a key ingredient of effective and successful leadership, writes Bernie Swain. Merely acting humble isn't as effective as being humble, however, and he suggests practicing introspection to find the moments in life that have helped you succeed and draw inspiration from them.
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A recent study of US and Taiwanese companies determined that the ability to improve products, innovate to develop new ones and respond to problems were all strong indicators of whether a company can stay ahead of the competition.
Innovation that drives business growth requires the participation of everyone in the executive suite and through the company, writes Soren Kaplan. To encourage this type of thinking, leaders should set both large and small innovation goals, provide innovation tool kits and "get out of the way" when people start the creative process.
Optimism reigns. The majority of you are expecting a solidly good 2017. For those who are, I ask, what are you doing today to ensure the year turns out as you expect? Are you identifying risks and putting contingency plans in place? Are you investing in your people and their development? Are you monitoring competitive and market activities? For those who aren't expecting a good year, what are you doing to change those expectations? What are the major obstacles you're facing, and what are you actively doing to remove them? It's one thing to have an expectation for how a year will turn out. It's another thing entirely to affect that outcome. I challenge all of you to take steps today to ensure 2017 is a great year for you. -- Mike Figliuolo is managing director of ThoughtLeaders. Before launching his own company, he worked at McKinsey & Co., Capital One and Scotts Miracle-Gro. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He's the author of three leadership books: "One Piece of Paper," "Lead Inside the Box," and "The Elegant Pitch."
Tien Tzuo, founder and CEO of Zuora, describes himself as more of a leader than a manager, and he doesn't find value in one-on-one meetings or performance reviews for employees who are doing well. "I'm always there to help, but I'm not actively thinking about it," he says.
A pair of stars will collide in about five years in a red nova so bright that it will be among the night sky's brightest objects for a period of time, according to findings presented at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society. The stars of binary pair KIC 9832227 are currently so close to each other, they share an atmosphere.