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Returning to work: How listening can help

People might be happy to return to offices and pre-pandemic work, but that brings a new set of anxieties. Learn how listening can help.

Wanted: More unicorns

What employees go beyond the norm and get things done, even in tough times? Do you recognize those people? Are you one of them?

Stop talking and start bottom-lining your meetings

Be more strategic about your meetings and how you communicate during them. Learn how.

How leaders can start building conflict capacity

Great leaders need to manage conflict through deliberate practice and development. Learn how.

Return to work, but not return to normal

Companies want employees back in the office, but returning to normal isn't that simple. Hard work awaits leaders in the post-pandemic world.

How leaders can unwrap the gift of uncertainty

Uncertainty doesn't have to be a bad thing, but we must develop the habit. Here's how.

Recognizing technologies that are changing the modern workplace

Check out the winners for the first SmartBrief Innovation Awards for Workplace Technology

How do you gain resilience and drive innovation? It's a matter of question

We all want to innovate, to be resilient and to adapt. But how? Thoughtful inquiry, using honed tactics, can be the way forward.

Why an old-fashioned nervous breakdown might be a good thing

The nervous breakdown was once seen as an acknowledgment of the body's limits. Meanwhile, too many of us are trying to work our way through this pandemic.

When delivering bad news, how do you handle it?

The most recent SmartBrief on Leadership poll question: When delivering bad news, how do you handle it?

Best practices for visually engaging virtual presentations

Visuals are a key part of any presentation, and virtual meetings provide unique challenges. Learn more about winning visuals when you're not in the room with your audience.

Richard Feynman's lessons for life (and leaders)

Richard Feynman was as much a teacher as he was a physicist. Here are some of his life lessons for leaders.

Success at work happens one negotiation at a time

(Almost) everything is a negotiation. Knowing this can help you advance your aims at work -- and you don't need to be a jerk or steam-roll everyone to succeed.

3 ways to manage up today

Executives are busy, and how you communicate with them makes a difference -- especially when you need something from them.

How effective is your executive team?

Executive teams need measurement just like anyone else to see how they're doing. Here's a look at how that applies to culture.