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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?

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.

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.

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?

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."

Engaging your audience is about connection, not performance

Performances are for actors. Speakers and presenters, on the other hand, simply need to be themselves. Learn more about the 4 key distinctions.

4 ways to raise your visibility with key stakeholders

Hard work alone won't get you noticed. Here are some practical tips for attracting attention and backing in positive, productive ways.

Putting resilience into your organization

Militaries teach resilience through scenarios like "red teaming," and civilians and companies can apply these lessons, too.

2020 in review: Handling annual conversations with employees

Leaders still need to have annual performance and development conversations with employees. But they'll need to be different, because nothing in 2020 has been normal.

Organizing your workspace

A messy desk can make your work and thinking messier, too. Here are some organization tips for better productivity.

Make your purpose powerful

A company’s purpose is its why, and this is a crucial thing for companies to get right. Learn more in this video and blog post.