SmartBrief Originals
Insights, tips and best practices for executive business leaders and managers
The communicator's secret weapon

Great communicators inspire and drive action. Here's how they do it.


If you worry about being perceived as arrogant at work, read on to check your tendencies and learn about the alternative habits you should be perfecting.

Leaders can't avoid decisions, but they can improve how they think through them.


Virtual teams are commonplace, but companies still struggle to lead and develop these groups.

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Read about the partnerships, tools, strategies and other traits that got the best global retailers to the top of Loqate's Inernationalization Retail Index report.


Delegation is not a one-size-fits-all term.


Developing your leadership capabilities will require mindful practice, every day, of making courageous choices.


Be more deliberate, precise and patient in your hiring, and you'll find you can scale faster.

Give second chances

Ex-offenders can help fill talent gaps, says SHRM CEO Johnny C. Taylor. His ideas to make it happen.


Be brave to discover the next big thing.

Last week's question: What's the most exciting part of your job?

Light bulb

In industry after industry, companies find themselves facing a new normal. Call it continuous disruption, as oxymoronic as that sounds.


Your conversations are wasting your time, but you don’t realize it’s happening. How can you fix this?


By asking questions beginning with "why?" you will uncover the thinking that led to the problem.