Entries by Brandon Smith

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 […]

How to fix an incompetent direct report

Dave was a small business owner.  His business, like many, had been hit hard by the recession.  Doing business the way it had been done before just wasn’t going to work anymore.  He needed to change his business model, how he approached his customers, his processes, etc…   And with that, his people needed to change.  […]

3 ways to stop a sabotaging direct report

If you’ve ever had the unfortunate task of managing a saboteur, you know how tricky and dangerous it can be. “But wait, Brandon,” you say. “What do you mean by ‘saboteur?’ I thought saboteurs cut wires, plant bombs and generally mess up stuff?” Yep, you got it. While a corporate saboteur might not plant the […]