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

Last week's poll question: When is the last time you unplugged for a few days and took a real break from work?

Big Data to date has helped both sides in the struggle between consumers and corporations. We have to make sure it remains a fair fight.


Here are the research-backed values, attitudes and behaviors shown by great organzations.


Empathy is more important than ever as technology takes over our interactions.


How can you make the best use of Slack without it becoming a distraction or platform for unnecessary chatter?


Bill Evans helped with a community-founded creamery, and eventually found himself running nine ag businesses. Here's what he's learned.


If you want employees to choose and reward actions that focus on business success, then you need to become intentional about rooting out the behaviors that work against this dynamic.

It is necessary to know what you are and what you can do. Sounds simple, but too often we don’t take the time – or, more precisely – make the time to understand our role.


It’s already time to begin thinking about sales compensation plans for 2018 (believe it or not).


A CEO's lessons from having a son with autism.


Last week's poll question: What's the biggest challenge you face in taking your career to the next level?

Rock star

Teams need high-visibility, high-stakes performers, but they also need people who are more comfortable in the background, supporting others.


Last week's poll question: How do you allocate your time and energy across your team members?


There are dozens of ways “I already know” manifests. For example, “I already know what he will say, and “I’ve already tried that a dozen times.”


Why is it so hard to connect with those whom we spend most of the day?