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

If you are not a good listener, there is no way that you can develop real mastery in any discipline.


Failure can be the end, or it can be a step along the path to success.

Wünder Creamery

Why a creamery renamed itself and how it's navigated the startup experience.

Last week's question: How well do you handle an unexpected personal crisis at work?


Watch out for ways you're inadvertently hurting your team.


Data can identify patterns and illuminate future choices, but relying exclusively on data is like driving relying only on the rearview mirror.


Newtonian physics offers a new way to look at how to motivate teams to keep growing.

Rally together

It’s the leader’s job to construct powerful, cohesive teams that support and rally around one another and complement each other’s skill sets.


AI is coming for the workplace. How can leaders react?

Last week's question: Which resilience-building technique do you use most frequently?


Organizations that create a culture of employee well-being and engagement perform better. Here are simple steps to get started.


Understanding "can" and "should" is a mark of a true leader.


Innovation requires an environment of psychological safety.

Animate the vision

When you weave the emotional connection to what matters most to the buyer together with the logical case for change, you animate the vision. You breathe life into it by making it more concrete.


Dealing with problems is hard enough; don't blame yourself for the ones that aren't your fault.