SmartBrief Originals
Insights, tips and best practices for executive business leaders and managers
What motivates you?

We know about intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. But those aren't the only options for inspiring employees.

SmartPulse -- our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership -- tracks feedback from more than 210,000 business leaders. How effective are you at pitching your ideas for approval?

SMART goals

Simple steps that can improve day-to-day project management, accountability and results.

“Does a leadership archetype exist? And if it does, how do I find more people who are genetically wired that way?”

Finding the right mentors in the right numbers is difficult. Here is what several organizations do to build up their mentorship programs.

Failure to acknowledge your employees, or worse, failure to support them with resources, is what is demotivating. Not words of praise.

Lead and command

This leader thought the job of a leader was to be directive -- i.e. to tell staff what to do. Here's how he recognized his mistake.

9 entrepreneurs on how they'd react if an early employee said, "I'm quitting."

The ability to bounce back from setbacks is a huge factor in who will succeed and who will fail. Here are some ways to prepare yourself.

An interview with Erin Sexson, senior vice president of global sustainability for the Innovation Center at U.S. Dairy’s Sustainability Counci

SmartPulse -- our weekly nonscientific reader poll -- tracks feedback from more than 210,000 business leaders. Would you rather lead a team of strong, difficult personalities or one with weaker personalities but more team cohesion?

Want a promotion? Consider being a facilitator within your organization. Meetings are a great place to start.

The modern workplace serves to make employee development difficult even as it has never been more in need of it.

Younger entrepreneurs share a benefit they offer that isn't the norm but is producing results.