Having trouble delegating? These 3 questions can help.

Having trouble delegating? These 3 questions can help.

To be an effective leader, you also have to be an effective delegator—but that can be easier said than done.
Stephanie Vozza writing here for FastCompany.com deals with an issue we all face as leaders, as she explores Dana Brownlee’s approach to delegation. We all know that we should delegate, but something in us always finds to hard to let go. Here’s a why to ensure it’s done well and we can delegate with more confidence.

3 Inevitable Failures All Leaders Must Face (and How to Learn From Them)

3 Inevitable Failures All Leaders Must Face (and How to Learn From Them)

John Eades is an author, podcaster, and the CEO of LearnLoft. In this article written for Inc.com he tackles the inevitability of failure in leadership, and how we can learn form our mistakes. It’s authentic approach to the real world of leadership and failure ticked a lot of boxes for us, here at Thought Patrol. For business leaders, failure is going to happen. As nice as it would be to have a smooth, easy path to success as a business leader, failure is an inevitable part of the process. Walt Disney’s first animation studio ended in bankruptcy. Sara Blakely couldn’t get a manufacturer to take her Spanx clothing line seriously for years.

Natural Leader?

Natural Leader?

Practicing these five tenets of leadership will help you seem like a natural born leader according to an article in Inc.com by Keynote speaker and author of ‘Find the Fire’ and ‘Make It Matter’; Scott Mautz. The study by Gallup holds an interest for us at Thought Patrol as we regularly use Gallups’ Clifton Strength Finder so we were intrigued by the findings. You may or may not already code yourself as a natural born leader. It’s one of the highest compliments you can pay a manager, for a reason. Gallup says only one out of every ten leaders can be considered a natural born leader.

Workplace loneliness leading to mistakes and poor productivity.

Workplace loneliness leading to mistakes and poor productivity.

Creating an environment that is engaging drives a productive culture. That’s what we believe here at Thought Patrol. Here’s an article by the ABC News Team about a recent study by ‘Reventure’ showing that loneliness is having an impact at work. The study has three key findings; A staggering 37 per cent of workers feel lonely at work. The Gig economy, and tech advances are being blamed for people feeling disconnected and that workers will leave jobs as a result.

Neuroscience Says Your Body and Mind Get Stronger When You Focus on This One Thing

Neuroscience Says Your Body and Mind Get Stronger When You Focus on This One Thing

Geoffrey James is a contributing editor to Inc.com; in this article he says that “most people realize that the mind and body are connected into a feedback loop.” What Geoffrey has done here is link that fact to an underestimate state of mind. We’re thankful at Thought Patrol for so many things; turns out that’s healthy!

6 Brutal Truths About Leadership Nobody Wants to Admit

6 Brutal Truths About Leadership Nobody Wants to Admit

Marcel Schwantes is the Founder and Chief Human Officer, of Leadership From the Core. Here he is writing for Inc.com. At Thought Patrol we often curate his articles because he is very aligned to our thinking. He doesn’t disappoint here, as he articulates an overview of the tough questions of what really makes a great leader. He asks the pertinent question; “Ever worked for a leader who left such a positive impression on your life, you still tell others about it?” We should all strive to be leaders like that!

Why companies should stop trying so hard to make their employees happy.

Why companies should stop trying so hard to make their employees happy.

The CEO and founder of Brightfox, Deena Fox argues that companies should focus on satisfaction, rather than happiness. Writing here for fastcompany.com she says that; “Companies often promise their employees happiness to attract and retain the brightest talent—but in reality, if you want happy employees, you need to hire happy people.” Here at Thought Patrol we agree wholeheartedly, whilst environmental factors are important, ultimately aptitude and especially attitude, will prevail.

6 Simple Ways To Be an Exceptional Leader

6 Simple Ways To Be an Exceptional Leader

Peter Gasca is an entrepreneur, consultant, and author, writing here for Inc. When he first started contributing to Inc.com, one of his first and favourite posts — and most popular — was when he reflected on the great mentors and leaders with whom he had had the privilege to work over the years to identify the six things exceptional leaders do better than all others. Here is his sequel!

10 uncomfortable deeds that will pay off forever

10 uncomfortable deeds that will pay off forever

Travis Bradberry is the award-winning co-author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0, and the cofounder of TalentSmart. This column originally appeared at LinkedIn. Here at Thought Patrol we always listen to what Travis has to say, and hold in great regard his insights. Here he has assembled some wisdom for us to apply in those areas we often don’t want to address. There are disciplines that bear fruit that are uncomfortable at the time.