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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

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.

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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 »

Telecommuting, gig work and Big Data are just some of the trends changing the workplace. Here’s how to adapt and lead in the new year.

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

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Many of us went to work today without seeing our bosses, and perhaps without leaving the house.[…] Continue Reading »

What did you, our readers, most enjoy from SmartBlog on Leadership in 2015, and how does it compare with our most-clicked links in our daily newsletter, SmartBrief on Leadership (don’t get it? Please sign up!)?

Our most popular posts of 2014 and 2013 suggested an emphasis on better communication — public speaking, performance discussions, and much more.[…] Continue Reading »

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