Entries by Brandon Smith

Toxic Superstars

The workplace superstar: someone who gets things done, who’s production is driving the organization’s success. The toxic employee: someone who prevents others from doing what they need to or who stirs up trouble. What happens when this is the same person? Can you just bid them adieu — choosing culture over organizational success? The Workplace […]

Take a Break!

Summer’s a great time to think about a little vacation. But on this episode of Working, we’re not talking about that kind of break. Rather, we’re considering the mental health day — a day off to decompress, re-gather your wits, and just breathe for a minute. It’s a hard thing to do. But Workplace Therapist […]

Evolution of the Employee

Life at work is changing faster than most of us can keep up, aided in no small measure by the Great Recession and its aftermath. Consider: many people don’t have to work in a traditional office anymore, they don’t just work between 9 and 5, and their career path is much more murky than used […]

4 things parents can teach every leader

Parenting is hard.  And hard things teach lessons.  Being a parent has taught me more about leadership than any leadership roles I’ve held or books that I’ve read.  But before I dive into some of those lessons, let me open with some parenting background on me.  Consider following nuggets straight out of my parenting resume: I […]

What great leaders can teach parents about culture

I’m a culture geek.  I’m not afraid to admit it.  I’m a pocket-protector-wearing culture nerd.  While others think about stuff like who’s going to win the Super Bowl or the latest round of celebrity gossip, I think about culture.  Disney parks, Ritz Carlton hotels, Google, SouthWest Airlines, NetFlix, Chick-fil-A, etc… if the company is associated […]

Why Good Parents Make Great Leaders

I need to come clean with you.  Open kimono.  Full transparency.  The naked truth.  Here it is: I’m tired.  I’m cranky. I have less patience with others.  And I’m a better leader and person today than I used to be.  “What are you talking about Brandon?  What could have happened to you?  After all, you used […]

“I’m meant for more”

I have to confess, I’m an itchy dude. As my kids will attest, dad is always looking for a good back scratch.  But my itchiness doesn’t stop with back scratches.  It seems like I’ve always got an itch that I am trying to scratch. Sometimes that itch is a feeling that I’m running out of […]