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As the year comes to an end, what are your expectations for next year?

The most recent SmartBrief on Leadership poll: As the year comes to an end, what are your expectations for next year?

What do you need to be productive?

Career growth and achievement depends on being productive, and that means understanding what you need. Resources, technology, tools -- do you have the right ones and do you have the skills to take advantage?

Get ready for 2021 with leadership principles

Define your leadership principles, and make sure all leaders and executives are aware and trained, as part of your planning for 2021.

Remote workplace trends for 2021
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What can business leaders expect to face in 2021? Here are some emerging trends in the remote workplace.

Leadership techniques for working with high-conflict people

When you find yourself in conflict with a co-worker, don't hide from it or write them off with labels. Instead, here are some ways to productively address the problem.

LMS v. LXP: What’s right for you?
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One basic question L&D leaders must confront is whether to invest in learning management systems or learning experience platforms – or both.

Racial equality remains unfinished for workplaces

Research is clear about the divide in American workplaces on race -- including the burdens Black employees and executives carry. There's much more work to be done.

The features and benefits of an LXP  
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LXPs are reinventing how workers gain new skills and receive training by incorporating features from the most popular platforms online.

Proud and connected at work: New ways to recruit and grow citizens

What does it mean to be a citizen at the workplace? And how can leaders develop and nurture this quality of person?

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.

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?

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.

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.

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