Entries by Brandon Smith

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 […]

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.  […]