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Where does the biggest threat to your organization come from?

SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 190,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our e-newsletter.

Where does the biggest threat to your organization come from?

  • From within — we’re our own worst enemies: 76.82%
  • From the outside — the market is our biggest threat 23.18%

Why is this so hard? It’s surprising and discouraging how many of you feel like the biggest threat to your organization’s success comes from within.  77% is a staggering number.  Remember – change can start with you.  Spend some time identifying the biggest roadblocks (politics, personalities, decision making approaches, bureaucracy) and resolve to fix some part of that – even a small one – every week.  Enlist others to do the same.  Change is slow and painful but 77% of you being in your own way hurts even more.

Mike Figliuolo is managing director of thoughtLEADERS, author of “Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results” and “One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership.”