Entries by Brandon Smith

What my dog taught me about EQ

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is an interesting concept.  For those of you unfamiliar with the idea, it goes something like this…  We all have some level of baseline intelligence (IQ).  And IQ is a wonderful thing.  It is great for standardized tests and doing quantum physics in our head (if you like that sort of thing).  But […]

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 […]