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Creative destruction: Eat or be eaten

The idea of creative destruction means that businesses are constantly being formed and constantly folding. The fate of your business isn't inevitable.

Why can’t we be friends?

How do you support a new manager tasked with managing people who were, until very recently, contemporaries? Three tips for doing this right.

How to identify tough bosses and bad bosses

Bosses aren't always easy to work for, but a boss who has high standards isn't the same as one who's just bad at the job. Learn the differences.

When you get knocked "off center" by unexpected problems, how long does it take you to recover?

The most recent SmartBrief on Leadership poll question: When you get knocked "off center" by unexpected problems, how long does it take you to recover?

Fixing the manager class: It starts with top leaders

It's time to quit creating traps for our managers. Read on for how you can coach and empower your managers to be true stewards for their teams.

The trouble with lies: How to avoid the downside of tribalism

When we stick too closely to our beliefs and like-minded people, we lose chances for learning, connection and thriving.

It's time for business leaders to put good first

Employees demand that businesses live a full life -- results, yes, but also fair and respectful treatment, and involvement within the community and on important national issues.

6 lessons learned from the forced remote workforce
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The coronavirus pandemic has affected every segment of American life, and particularly the way we work. Here are some of the lessons the remote workforce has taught us.

How willing is your organization to walk away from low-margin business?

The most recent SmartBrief on Leadership poll question: How willing is your organization to walk away from low-margin business?

Why it's time for businesses to kill the clipboard

Work is digital, so why are so many companies still using pen, paper and clipboards?

The genesis of racism: One leader's story

Racism cannot be tolerated at work. That still leaves room for leaders investigate what fuels and underlies those feelings and behaviors.

Leadership behaviors during the new normal: Envision and engage

How do leaders build trust across companies, especially big firms with many people and locations? Former P&G CEO Bob McDonald looks at 2 parts of the 5E Leadership Model.

Fingerprints: The key to getting your proposal implemented

Your executive team proposal needs to be good, but you also need to be good at persuading key players to back you. Here's why.

Grow up and learn how to be grateful

Hard times beset us all, but it's in those moments that we can become resilient. And that's something to be grateful for.

Follow the leaders for entrepreneurial success

How do people grow into leadership? Here's a case study of Allan Young's entrepreneurial, investor and leadership journey in this excerpt from "The Entrepreneur's Faces: How Makers, Visionaries and Outsiders Succeed."

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