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Why leaders make bad decisions and how to make better ones

Leaders who understand how to make good decisions and good choices -- and the differences between them -- will do better with conflict and create better situations for employees and employers.

What's the opportunity in the problem?

What we don't like in other people is often what we're guilty of, too. How can we find the opportunity in the problem of human fallability?

Understanding how to fix things when they go wrong

Things will go wrong. What you can control as a leader is how you react, respond and internalize setbacks.

5 authentic actions to guide the significance of your life and career

Where and when people work is part of their journey to "success, happiness and authenticity." Read more from Mike Horne on the five career traits you want to possess.

The beauty of contrast

Contrast is how we discover new ideas and move forward. Embrace the contrast between you and other people in your work and life.

What 30 years of flexibility has taught me about successful hybrid workplaces

Flexible scheduling already exists, and here's one CEO's lessons from 30 years of workplace scheduling that benefits the business and employees while setting boundaries with clients.

How to build empathetic leadership teams
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Here are some suggestions for developing more empathetic leadership teams in your organization.

Express your best self: Go for connection, not perfection

Here are some ways to be prepared for your next presentation so that you can focus on connecting with the audience and not worrying about being perfect.

The return to the office is a reckoning for leaders locked in the past

Workers and executives have different views of returning to offices, returning to normalcy and ending this current uncertainty -- and it might be the rank and file who have the clearer vision.

When defining strategy, choose the right tools for the job

Strategy isn't easy, and there's a confusing morass of advice. Here are 3 tools for figuring out your strategy, based on the experts who have thought deeply about.

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It’s not personal, it's business?

We spend most of our waking hours preparing for work, at work or recovering from work, and yet it's not personal, it's just business? Susan Fowler explains why that's not the case, and where servant leadership can help.

Does your work culture quash bullying or tolerate it?

Workplace bullying is bad for people and business, and yet all too common. It's up to leaders to begin the change.

Where do you spend the majority of your time and energy on people leadership?

The most recent SmartBrief on Leadership poll question: Where do you spend the majority of your time and energy on people leadership?

Pandemic leadership: I didn't sign up for this

The pandemic has increased the pace and stress of work for teams and their leaders. You didn't sign up for this, but how can you handle it?