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1. 12 lessons from the world's top public speakers

SmartBrief on Leadership | Jul 02, 2015

Great communicators throughout history have used techniques that can be adopted and emulated by less confident speakers, writes Megan Allen. These orators know the power of a clear, succinct message, and also the importance of connecting with the audience while displaying their emotions. EdWeek.org (07/01)


2. 4 simple ways to improve productivity

SmartBrief on Leadership | Jul 06, 2015

Making small improvements to your workplace habits can over time have a dramatic effect on productivity, writes Sandhya Venkatachalam. Regular sleep, scheduled breaks, the elimination of distractions and using lists to prioritize tasks can each help. "Almost every habit is the result of small decisions over time. Very small improvements can lead to big success," she writes. Fortune (07/05)


3. Layoffs are inevitable; here's how to get through them

SmartBrief on Leadership | Jun 30, 2015

There's no easy way to tell people they're losing their jobs, but respect and a rehearsed, direct approach can help make the process easier. "Nobody ever got promoted because they fire well. But your career can get sidetracked if you don't treat people in a dignified way," says Laurence Stybel. Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (06/26)


4. There is no choosing between leaders and managers

SmartBrief on Leadership | Jun 30, 2015

The distinction between strategic and operational leadership -- or what's conventionally called "leadership" and "management" -- is less sharp than many people believe, writes Ken Blanchard. The best bosses combine both elements as needed to set the tone of the organization as well as its day-to-day environment, Blanchard argues. Chief Learning Officer online (06/29)


5. Man's personal WWII tank is seized

SmartBrief on Leadership | Jul 06, 2015

German officials have confiscated a World War II tank that was rusting inside a 78-year-old man's basement alongside other military equipment. The man was known locally for driving the tank around town a few decades ago. BBC (07/03)


6. Leaders cannot succeed without training and coaching

SmartBrief on Leadership | Jul 02, 2015

Coaching people on your team can be difficult, Dan Rockwell writes, and so it's important to build trust, agree on values and be curious without being manipulative. Similarly, just as you wouldn't hire a new employee and offer no training, new managers should not be thrown into the mix without onboarding, Beth Miller argues. Leadership Freak blog (07/01) About.com (06/27)


7. 7 leadership lessons from a corporate crisis

SmartBrief on Leadership | Jun 30, 2015

The loss of a crucial customer left Mark Leslie's company in crisis, but taught him the importance of maintaining honest, clear-eyed and optimistic leadership while working to solve the problem rather than pout. "As bad, and scary, and dark as these days are, it is the job of the leader to see beyond the moment," he writes. LinkedIn (06/29)


8. Smart CEOs take succession planning seriously

SmartBrief on Leadership | Jul 01, 2015

Jack Welch made succession planning his top priority -- nine years before he stepped down as CEO of General Electric -- but too many CEOs and corporate boards still fail to plan ahead, writes Patricia Lenkov. "It is not an isolated activity but rather should be part of the culture and an ongoing point of reflection and discussion," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (06/30)


9. "Sink or swim" is a lousy approach to leadership development

SmartBrief on Leadership | Jul 01, 2015

Too many leadership-development strategies hinge on putting people through challenges and expecting the leaders to naturally emerge, writes Dan McCarthy. That's less effective than actually nurturing and training people to lead. "The 'sink or swim' approach to leadership development rewards and promotes people who are the most adaptable, not necessarily the smartest, most talented, and possibly, the very best leaders," McCarthy writes. About.com (06/27)


10. Don't let employees put customers before the company

SmartBrief on Leadership | Jul 06, 2015

Companies often encourage innovative, extraordinary customer service, but the potential downside is employees prioritizing the customer's needs to the detriment of the business, Chip Bell writes. "Bottom line, it's helping employees have the perspective of an owner," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (07/02)




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