Entries by Brandon Smith

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 […]

Making Weekends Work Doesn’t Mean Working On The Weekends

Brandon on GPB – Making Weekends Work Doesn’t Mean Working On The Weekends What makes successful people, well, successful? Certainly it’s a combination of lots of different habits, skills and approaches. But authors and career coaches have found in talking to high-achievers that the way they handle their weekends is one element. Most aren’t using […]

“My direct report is dysfunctional”

It was my fourth call with Theresa in a week and I was beginning to feel like I was in the movie “Groundhog Day.”  Theresa’s direct report, Steven, had been causing her headache after massive headache.  “Steven just doesn’t get it,” she blurted.  “What’s the latest this time?” I asked.  Like each of our recent […]

The Limits Of Online Connections

Brandon on GPB – The Limits Of Online Connections When Cleveland marketing professional Kelly Blazek got a LinkedIn invitation from a young woman she didn’t know, she didn’t just ignore it. She sent Diana Mekota a blistering response calling her “entitled,” “inappropriate” and “tacky.” Mekota was about to move to the Cleveland area and wanted […]