SmartBrief Originals
Insights, tips and best practices for executive business leaders and managers

Have you ever struggled transitioning from one level to the next, like from manager to director?

What motivated employees 20 or 30 years ago doesn’t inspire today’s millennial workers. Attracting and retaining talented employees requires creativity, experimentation with benefits and work structure, and more.

Leadership conversations

Communication and conversation aren't the same thing. Not knowing the difference could doom your strategy.


An increasing number of organizations are supplementing formal training with workplace mentoring programs. Here's what Praxair has done.

Smart executives spend a good deal of time working to improve the performance of individual employees.

Melinda Gates

Collaboration, data help to address the world’s most pressing public health and education challenges.

Intuitive decision-making has been shown to be both accessible and readily trainable. Here's how to get started.

Research suggests that it takes just the right mix of innate talent, personality traits, and life experiences to be successful and reach the top of the ladder. Here are four characteristics that set successful people apart.

SmartPulse -- our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership -- tracks feedback from more than 210,000 business leaders. What's the balance between "thinking" and "doing" on your team?

What drives the president and former CEO of Annie's? What is his value system and that of the company's?

Being a boss brings a lot of pressure. These seven steps wil lhelp you thrive under the pressure and develop great employees.


Who would think of doing a live stage performance without rehearsing? Stepping up to speak requires the same kind of extensive preparation.

Don't believe the hype: When it comes to workplace priorities and beliefs, similarities among generations are much greater than differences.

10 entrepreneurs share how they'd spend $1,000 set aside for leadership development.

How can we strike the proper balance between work, family and community in a manner that is both responsible and fulfilling?