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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

“Intellectual tasting of life will not supersede muscular activity. If a man should consider the nicety of the passage of a piece of bread down his throat, he would starve.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Experience,” “Essays: Second Series”

Most of us do not receive the luxury of endless contemplation. Most humans through history have not been afforded this.[…] Continue Reading »

Readers of this blog and of our SmartBrief on Leadership newsletter in 2013 were overwhelmingly interested in being better communicators, and it showed in the results of the most-read posts of that year.

The difficulty of communicating well and consistently, even for high-ranking and talented leaders, spurred us to add a section in the daily newsletter this year specifically for smarter communication, as well as a blog series on communication with Switch & Shift.[…] Continue Reading »

SmartBrief is talking directly with small and medium-sized businesses to discover their journeys, challenges and lessons. Today’s post is a Q-and-A with David Adler, founder of BizBash, a resource hub for the event and meeting industry with its website, magazines, and trade shows.

Are you a small-business owner and would like to share your story?[…] Continue Reading »

SmartBrief is talking directly with small and medium-sized businesses to discover their journeys, challenges and lessons. Today’s post is a Q-and-A with Samira Far, founder of Bellacures, a California-based nail salon with franchising opportunities.

Are you a small-business owner and would like to share your story? E-mail me jdasilva [at] smartbrief.com.

View the Small Biz Q-and-A series, and sign up for our free e-mail newsletters on small business and entrepreneurialism.[…] Continue Reading »

Many budget processes look like this:

  • They happen once a year and go out a year ahead.
  • Managers and departments have every incentive to ask for everything, whether they need it or not, because their demands will be negotiated down. If they don’t ask for everything, someone else will.
    • Managers and departments often also have the incentive to spend everything from the year before.
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