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

What employees really want doesn’t come in a box or require a bow. And it’s certainly not restricted to December.


Ever try speed networking? Here are some potential benefits.


Technical knowledge is great, but when you become a manager or a business owner, you need to shift your mindset.


Even with these awareness-building efforts, there’s still a huge stigma attached to talking about mental health in the workplace.

Leadership potential

10 key steps you should be taking if you want to be a credible, influential leader.


Here are some questions to help you become a better listener -- and a better helpmate for your colleagues.

Q&A: Building a resilient workforce

Six ways to create a culture of resilience in your workplace.


Core values are more important to the vitality of the company than any financial goals.

Karyn Schoenbart

Karyn Schoenbart on the challenges of leading and motivating in difficult times, and how she communicates throughout the organization as a CEO.

Last week's poll question: How effective is your organization at implementing effective measurement practices?


The road from haughtiness to humility can’t be trodden without tears.

Truth Bar

A founder and the outside CEO talk about the journey of the Truth Bar brand.


Executives can use this short list to determine the root causes of leadership failures within your organization.

Soft skills

While employers expect employees to develop themselves -- in their off time -- into soft-skill-proficient leaders, most employees are using that time to look for new jobs instead.

Purposeful culture

There is no faster way to eroding engagement, service, and results in a workplace than by discounting, demeaning or dismissing others’ ideas, efforts, and accomplishments.