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James daSilva James daSilva is a senior editor at SmartBrief and manages SmartBlog on Leadership. He edits SmartBrief's newsletters on leadership and entrepreneurship, among others. Before joining SmartBrief, he was copy desk chief at a daily newspaper in New York. You can find him on Twitter discussing leadership and management issues @SBLeaders

Nobody agrees on how offices should be designed. Let’s just start there. We don’t even agree on the merits of the American version of “The Office” versus the British original (my 2 cents: the American version is unintentionally darker because it leaves those people in dead-end job stasis for nine years).

But we can all agree that the office can be improved.[…] Continue Reading »

Sometimes I wonder whether all the leadership advice we put out here at SmartBrief is for naught.

By that, I mean, is it true that empathy, and communication, and striving to serve others as a path to success for all, actually wins out over the selfish and brash? Especially if those selfish and brash people already have power, money, or both?[…] Continue Reading »

I’m not the biggest risk-taker. I started out in newspapers — in 2005, the year print advertising peaked. I was a copy editor, so my job was literally to ensure we were safe with what we published. I moved to digital media in 2009, but for a (relatively) mature property that was founded in the months when Y2K panic was a thing.[…] Continue Reading »

When you hear why “The Power of Fifty Bits” is titled such as it is, you may think, “That sounds pessimistic.” After all, the brain take in 10 million bits of information each second, but only 50 bits of that is processed as conscious thought. Feels like our brains are pretty inefficient.

And, then, if you learn that author Bob Nease’s background was in pharma, and as chief scientist of Express Scripts his challenges included getting patients to be better about taking their medication, you might think, “Ah, this is about getting people to stop being jerks and take their medicine!”

Fortunately, as his book and a recent conversation we had illustrate, Bob Nease is an optimist about our ability to make better choices — a revelation that initially surprised him, too.[…] Continue Reading »

This story appears in the January 2016 digital edition of SmartReport on Leadership. Click here to access this free magazine.


The good old days are always better. Less change, idyllic and with the implication of moral superiority.

Well, when it comes to work, the good old days are gone. They may have been superior, but that doesn’t offer today’s workforce much consolation.[…] Continue Reading »