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

SmartPulse -- our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership -- tracks feedback from more than 210,000 business leaders.


Given the relationship between creativity and results, why don’t more companies work to better foster it?


You can't give yourself a promotion, but you can set the stage for what's next.

Pain and laughter

Next time things go wrong, try to find the humor.

Work from home

People work longer and with better technology, yet productivity isn't keeping pace. Why is that?


Your organization is always in need of recruiting better employees who will sustain better productivity and returns on their HR investments.


When you’re looking for big shoes to fill in upper management, where’s the best place to start?


Ask “Why?” to understand the underlying reason for relying on incentives to motivate behavior.


Last week's poll question: Do you believe storytelling is an important skill when it comes to making a sale?

Best self

Your best self is when you’re living in alignment with your servant purpose and with your values and behaviors. You serve others nimbly, willingly and kindly, all the time.

Leaders make risk safe, as paradoxical as that might sound. They turn experiments into learning opportunities.


There are 7 types of bad decisions, each of which can cause distinct problems.


We often get into action to satisfy our need for closure, not because we have the right action to pursue.

Culture-brand integration

Too many companies have one set of values for employees and another for their brand.


Entrepreneurs offer advice on how to make the most of your summer interns.