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martPulse -- our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership -- tracks feedback from more than 210,000 business leaders. Have you ever taken a huge risk that didn't work out?

Spice and seasoning trends also flavor beverages

Demand for unusual new flavors, healthy ingredients flavor beverages as well as food.

Virtual reality in history, science

Ideas for incorporating virtual reality in history and science instruction.

"Walk the walk" for a new path to purchase

It’s ironic that these days while mapping is as easy as a tap on a mobile device, marketers cannot easily follow the consumer’s path to purchase.

A look at classic influence tactics of leaders, and what Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are doing to win over voters

Families gather around the grill for Family Meals Month
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We interviewed Registered Dietitian Shari Steinbach, nutrition manager for Meijer in Grand Rapids, Mich., and a member of the National Turkey Federation’s Nutrition Advisory Board, about how retailers can inspire families to gather around the grill.

Square Stand

At SIFMA's annual meeting, Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey shares how both companies look to connect people and give them agency.

Tech Showcase roundup: September

A wrap up of edtech products and services released this month.

Research into persuasion suggests that smart leaders will first seek to understand what the other people is thinking -- and why -- before attempting to sway them.


As tech companies struggle to build diversity, they should remember that empathy can be a transformative tool for deconstructing unconscious biases and building understanding between people of different backgrounds.

Top 10: Target CEO discusses store's grocery future

News about Sabra and Tostitos' new Guacamole Grab N' Go snack was this week's most clicked story, and Target made the list twice with news about its future in the grocery game.


A new school year equals new design options. Learn how to involve students in design decisions.

Chances are, even if CEOs think they're actively listening to the employee voice of an organization, the workforce doesn’t agree.


Willpower is something that can be learned and can be strengthened with practice. It’s also a vital component of mental toughness.