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About Brad Smith

Intuit President and CEO Brad Smith has his head in the cloud. He’s the driving force behind Intuit’s transformation to connected services. When not spending time with his wife and two daughters, Smith plays the saxophone and guitar and practices karate. Don’t expect him to quit his day job. Follow him on LinkedIn and on Twitter @IntuitBrad
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Earning Trust: A Code of Conduct for Mobile Transparency

The computer has moved to the palm of our hands, and is quickly migrating to our eyewear and wristwatches. As…

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Oscars for Best Leadership Lessons: And the Winners are…

Thank you for participating in my straw poll for what movies inspired the best leadership lessons (and other fun stuff).…

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Best Advice: What I Learned From a $40M Mistake

This post is part of a series in which LinkedIn Influencers share the best advice they’ve ever received. Read all the…

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Innovating at Scale: Building Trust

Over the past several weeks, I’ve been taking my own deeper dives on how leaders can apply Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s concepts…

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Inspiring a Future Generation of Female Engineers

Debbie Sterling had a big idea: design a construction toy from the female perspective, disrupt the pink aisle and inspire…

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Innovating at Scale: Empowering Teams to Move Fast

In recent posts, I’ve been taking my own deeper dives on how leaders can apply General Stanley McChrystal’s concepts for…

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Innovating at Scale: Leaders Must Learn to Think Out Loud

In recent posts, I’ve been taking my own deeper dives on how leaders can apply General Stanley McChrystal’s concepts for…

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Innovating at Scale: Creating Common Purpose

In my last post, I described General Stanley McChrystal’s four principles for making organizations more nimble and responsive. This week,…

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Leading at Scale With Agility

Today’s pace of change and innovation is accelerating at unprecedented speed. The tools to innovate have never been more broadly…

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Time to Question Everything

As the calendar year comes to an end, it’s a good time to reflect on where things stand, and to…

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“Paradise Lost”: How an Epic Poem About Heaven Can Be a Career Guide

Intuit CEO Brad Smith wrote the following post for LinkedIn’s The Book That Changed Me series. In it, he describes how…

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My First Job: A Lesson Learned In the Cola Wars

When does your “career” begin? I held several jobs during high school and college that included being a lifeguard, teaching…

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Vulnerability Makes You a Better Leader

Often the image of a leader is a figure of strength – all powerful and all knowing. Personally speaking, I…

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Three Things Every Leader Should Do in a Meeting

I previously discussed the importance of Scaling Your Leadership. Based on the feedback from that post, I wanted to take a…

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Inspiring Innovation: Three Ways to Make Unstructured Time Work

Unstructured time is a key tool in many companies’ efforts to spur innovation.  The idea is simple: give employees time…

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Timeless Leadership Lessons from Gettysburg

I recently hosted a group of outstanding leaders from Intuit on a tour of Gettysburg. The trip was designed to celebrate…

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Managing Your Most Precious Resource: Time

As a leader, there are typically three sets of resources in your toolbox: time, people and dollars. There are often…

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How to Scale Your Leadership Style

I’ve been asked how I think about scaling leadership. To answer the question, I first need to share my view…

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Class of 2013: Define Your Brand and Other Tips for the Real World

Below is a commencement speech I gave at the business school of my alma mater, Marshall University, in 2011. I…

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Access to Capital: Reimagining the Lifeline of Small Businesses

As I’ve written before, current data suggests that we are in the midst of a slow, but steady economic recovery.…

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Leaders Need to Remove Barriers, Not Create Them

The reality of leadership is that we work for our teams, not the other way around. As “Coach” Bill Campbell,…

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Think Like a Baseball Player, Not a Gymnast

Sometimes high performers have a tendency to view life with the mindset of a gymnast. For the record, I have…

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Intuit, LinkedIn Partnership to Help Small Businesses Hire

Small businesses play an integral role in our nation’s economy. In fact, I’ve talked in the past about how Intuit is putting…

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And the Oscar for Best Leadership Lesson Goes to…

This Sunday night, millions of people around the world will be watching as stars parade down the red carpet and…

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Lead With Questions, Not Answers

The best leaders don’t need to have all of the answers. They ask the right questions. There are three questions…

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Five New Year’s Resolutions Every Business Leader Should Make

In business, as in life, New Years is the time to reflect on how we can take our personal and…

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The Coming Era of Big Data for the Little Guy

Big data is big news these days. Yet much of the discussion has been about how big data will help…

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Lean Startup Leadership: It’s Time to Bury Caesar

“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.” (Julius Caesar, Act III,…

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How Participation-driven Innovation Redefines Software Development

A recent business trip took me to Australia, where I had the opportunity to sit down with a number of…

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What Nate Silver Can Teach Us About Leadership

For me, one of the most striking sub-plots of the presidential election was Nate Silver’s rise as a new style of…