How to productively knock out those 2-minute tasks
Part of the Getting Things Done mantra is 2-minute tasks. But what does that mean, how do you practice it, and how does it help productivity?
How do you handle making decisions during times of uncertainty?
The most recent SmartBrief on Leadership poll question: How do you handle making decisions during times of uncertainty?
How lessons from an adventure race apply to government leaders
Yvonne Camus, Eco-challenge 2000 Borneo finisher, discusses principles of surviving an adventure race that apply to government leaders
The simple truths of leadership turn common sense into common practice
The truths about common sense are easier than putting those principles into practice as leaders and employers. Here's some guidance from Ken Blanchard and Randy Conley on doing just that.
How government leaders can find priorities amid the chaos
The pandemic has created chaos, confusion and disorientation. Learn from a pilot how leaders can handle all that while still navigating through.
What is your biggest obstacle to delegating more of what you do?
The most recent SmartBrief on Leadership poll question: What is your biggest obstacle to delegating more of what you do?
Why executive sponsorship is critical for achieving D&I goals
DEI success requires everyone's involvement, and if you're an executive or CEO, that includes you, too. Learn how from the latest data on diversity hiring.
In praise of doing something completely different with your career
Burnout is rampant, and some people will need a new career path, while others need a full pause. It's time to discover what career shift you need.
Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow (with strategy)
Strategic planning is increasingly complex and fluid. Here are 5 tips for smarter strategic planning at your annual event and on an ongoing basis.
How do you handle things when someone refuses to compromise and they harden their stance?
The most recent SmartBrief on Leadership poll question: How do you handle things when someone refuses to compromise and they harden their stance?
Emotional exhaustion is rampant, and returning people to the “old normal” will not help
The pandemic continues to be a drain on people, and if the workplace is also disrespectful and draining, you'll lose employees' hearts, minds and presence.
Reversing the Great Resignation: Psychological factors that foster engagement
With so many employees quitting, leaders must do more to understand and support their staff's goals for self-expansion. Learn more and take the assessment within!
Hoping to succeed as a leader? It’s time we had a talk
Leaders need a new perspective on risk. You can't wish away risk or solve it. Rather, risk is "an essential part of the mindset of leading."
Rethinking new-manager development: An operating system to support success
New managers and leaders get little, if any, training. They need a better guide. Here's the 5-step New Manager's Operating System.
When the moment is right, are you ready for a motivation conversation?
Having the courage and patience to understand people's motivation can help them -- and you as a leader -- move forward.
There’s a secret to mastering executive communication
When you present to executives, you want to be confident, concise, factual -- and prepared. Learn more about these key executive communication tips.
3 reasons why your business needs real-time leadership
Employees are unhappy for legitimate reasons and will leave -- maybe for your competitor -- if you won't do more to meet their needs and provide equitable treatment and opportunity.
How well-being can help people get through hard times
We all know positive well-being can help us at work and in life. But how does well-being manifest, and how exactly does it help us through difficult times.
How to change people without forcing them to change
Managers have a responsibility to develop their employees, which means changing them. Peter Bregman and Howie Jacobson have a guide to making that change more successful and getting employees to buy in to change.
How to safeguard your career against proximity bias in remote and hybrid work
Remote and hybrid employees have some control over how they interact, manage up and build their careers. Here's some advice for overcoming the "proximity bias" many leaders and organizations have.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.