September 21, 2022
SmartBrief on Leadership
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Leading Edge
Leaders can leave a lasting legacy if they produce positive results for a company and their time is marked by ethical actions, high-quality people and a culture of enduring excellence, write Bob Vanourek and Gregg Vanourek. "The quality of the culture is the final determinant of one's leadership legacy," they write.
Full Story: Triple Crown Leadership (9/19) 
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Companies can draw top talent by making the job application process quick and transparent as well as offering a competitive salary, remote-work options and mental health benefits, writes Pete Lamson, CEO of Employ Inc. "The best organizations will recognize that it's still an employee-driven market and work to meet the needs of candidates today," Lamson writes.
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Strategic Management
Developing an industry diagram to identify new areas of opportunity begins with mapping out the current companies in the arena and their products, and then refining it until you understand their relationships and the potential for growth, writes Steve Blank. Blank offers a 10-step process to build a sophisticated map of any industry.
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When making a strategic plan for the next three to five years, companies need employee input, financial and product data as well as information about the status of their current goals and stakeholders, say Michael Hyatt and Megan Hyatt Miller. Keeping the company's mission, values and current vision front and center during all of this is the key to strategic planning success, they note.
Full Story: Michael Hyatt (9/20) 
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Smarter Communication
Lighten up your next speech by using some tricks of the stand-up comedy trade including self-deprecating humor, spontaneity and the "list of three," where your third point has a humorous twist, writes Jim Anderson. "When we are creating a speech in which we want our audience to laugh, we have to first make sure that the message that we are delivering is clear -- a confused audience never laughs," Anderson writes.
Full Story: The Accidental Communicator (9/20) 
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In Their Own Words
Women of color may receive insufficient support in the workplace when they face discrimination, so Danielle Jenkins Henry, founder of Dream Life Out Loud, offers four strategies for preserving mental health. "There are parts of our spirits that are being damaged, and that is what needs protecting when we experience discrimination in the workplace," Jenkins Henry says.
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Daily Diversion
Murals painted by Cinta Vidal on the sides of buildings in Italy, Denmark, Germany and Portugal have a 3D effect, depicting cooking items, a woman sewing and people appearing to defy gravity. "All my murals play with their surroundings, reflecting and honoring the aesthetics and culture that surrounds them," says Vidal, who posts photos of her work on her Instagram account.
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