SmartBrief Originals
Insights, tips and best practices for executive business leaders and managers
How to succeed at developing the women on your team

What can companies do to help women advance? Better training and development is one of several ideas.

Will your cultural values survive the test?

A strong economy makes it easier to support culture, training and L&D. But will that support survive a downturn?

Essential tips for managing your own career

Whether or not the boss initiates or even engages in the career dialogue, perhaps the more fundamental question is whether it’s his job to do so? Shouldn’t we take the proverbial “bull by the horns” and chart our own course?

Getting ahead of the climate change curve

Here are five things to help any leader start building climate resilience.

3 psychology secrets to become mentally strong

Mental toughness is the ability to manage your emotions and control your thoughts and behavior in ways that will set you up for success. It’s not something you’re born with— it’s something you can learn, and not only in tough times.

How well does your organization do with diversity and inclusion?

How well does your organization do with diversity and inclusion?

Can't make a decision? Be your own executive coach

We're all prone to procrastination and hesitation when it comes to decision-making. Fortunately, there is a way forward.

Be a better listener: 4 ways to improve workplace communication

When “I just want to be heard” is one of the most common statements in the modern workplace, it's time leaders start listening.

What you can do to build confidence

Build your confidence by challenging yourself. Here are 3 questions to help you.

Why keeping your promises could be the biggest disruption of all

The more your people can trust you regarding the little things, the more they will trust and follow you when it comes to the big things.


The goal of coaching is to help people bring out their own abilities and find solutions that already lie within them. Here's advice on how to do that through feedback.

What portion of your team's work is done remotely?

Remote work

Here are 10 tips that can help you be more effective in your communication with others, especially when you’re not able to interact in person.


Just as people express a common language through different accents, we express our common humanity from different perspectives. Finding the fusion is where magic happens.