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

Intrinsic motivation is rare. Especially at work. It takes work to discover and nurture this motivation.

Last week's question: How do you deal with slackers on your team?

Bad one-on-ones

Too many one-on-one meetings about the leader talking and directing. Try a conversation about values and results where your report drives the conversation.


Does your company view growth as fixed or something that can be developed?


Realigning an organization takes hard work, but an experienced guide has seen what can go wrong and will prepare you to keep striving forward.


If your friends aren't good for you, you have two choices: Move on, or let them drag you down.


You may think you are too busy to notice other people, but being oblivious to others will undermine your credibility as a person and a leader.

Last week's question: How well does your organization anticipate and influence regulatory changes?`


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.

The communicator's secret weapon

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

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