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Leaders: Clarify your ideas before communicating them

Good ideas alone won't guarantee success. How a leader communicates those ideas, and the clarity of those ideas, matters. Learn how to communicate your innovation.

Here are three easy, practical and repeatable actions leaders can take every day to lift the women around us.

10 backdoor ways to gain the upper hand in conversations

Persuasion is difficult, especially when you disagree with someone. Here are 10 tips for winning over people from a longtime FBI employee.

Rise up, middle managers! Seize control of your destiny

Middle managers have an opportunity to reinvent their role, grow their employees and help their own careers -- if they take advantage.

3 proven actions to help introverts excel as leaders

Speaking up isn't always a natural skill for introverts, but it can be learned -- and it's essential to career growth and establishing the executive presence leaders require.

Management lessons from the dugout

Batboys are a small part of a baseball team, but how they're incorporated into a team's culture and camaraderie says a lot about management and leadership.

Rethinking career paths, promotions and landmarks

Employees want growth, opportunity and development, and even if you can't give promotions, you need to meet their needs. Start by rethinking the importance of landmarks in careers.

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?

What employees want from employers

Learn the 5 things employees want if they're to feel engaged and motivated -- and not leave your organization. Retention in the Great Resignation is more important than ever.

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

3 things your top talent always confide in me

Too many high-potential talent feel unheard, unsupported and unappreciated. You can wait for HR to tell you this after the employee leaves, or you can do something about it.

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.

"Day one" of succession planning

Founders and CEOs alike need to plan their succession -- and they likely need more time than they're alloting. Learn from a business owner who's done succession.

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.