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

Last week's question: How structured is your approach to problem-solving?


Valuing growth over all can make any workplace, even a nonprofit, susceptible to a toxic culture.


You must manage your team, manage up and manage your communities.


Integrity is the foundation of sound organizations that know what they are and what they value.


Visualize your fears to help overcome them and perform better.

Last week's question: How do you deal with manipulative people?

Obama delivers lessons on work, purpose

Lessons on leading teams and driving progress from President Barack Obama

Strategic alignment

An organization needs to be honest in addressing its challenges, both internal and external, to achieve real success.


Our daily lives can feel overwhelming, but there's a way forward.


Members of the Young Entrepreneur Council share advice on how to bring two distant departments together.

Middle managers

Middle management will change but isn't going anywhere.


Soft skills are the future. Here are some ways you can develop them in your employees.

Last week's question: What’s the biggest challenge in leading a high-performing team?


When we live in an environment, we become blind to the weak spots. Facing those blind spots can be either the truth that hurts or the truth that sets you free.