Episode 3 – Mike Figliuolo, Founder, thoughtLEADERS, LLC
Mike Figliuolo is an honor graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he graduated in the top 5 percent of his class, and served in the U.S. Army as an armor officer. Mike also spent time in corporate America as a consultant at McKinsey & Company and as an executive at Capital One and Scotts Miracle-Gro.
As the founder and managing director of thoughtLEADERS, LLC, he and his team train senior executives at leading companies on leadership, strategy, communications, innovation, and other critical leadership skills.
He is the author of three books – One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership; Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results; and The Elegant Pitch: Create a Compelling Recommendation, Build Broad Support, and Get it Approved.
- Twitter: @Figliuolo
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikefigliuolo & http://www.linkedin.com/company/thoughtleaders-llc
- Website’s: www.thoughtleadersllc.com & www.executiveinsight16.com
Summary & Ideas for Action
Mike used the power of story to cover a key leadership areas in an informative interview. He spoke emphatically about the measure of a leader is the ability to attract talent. He also spoke about the need to invest in the growth and development of people, and that leaders are teachers. Mike shared his stories from being a young platoon leader in the army, and how screwing up once provided one of the most valuable lessons – and examples of a leader who didn’t let a crisis go to waste. Mike concluded with sharing an event he and his team are running. It’s a leadership conference called Executive Insight 16, and it will be held November 10-11, 2016 in NYC.
“Don’t let finance dictate the performance of the organization.”
Points to Ponder
- Regarding the Quotable Quote above, have you ever let others dictate the performance parameters of your organization?
- What are your leadership maxims (pithy statement to remind you of a key value), and how do you use those with your team?
- What did you learn from one of your biggest mistakes? How do you handle the mistakes of the people who report to you?
- Are you managing your time in a way that will drive the organization forward?
- When it comes to being authentic, are you comfortable being vulnerable to build trust?