SmartBrief Originals
Insights, tips and best practices for executive business leaders and managers
The most important thing no one ever taught you

Do you know yourself? If you don't take time to disconnect and reflect, you won't reach your potential.

How rejection can drive success

Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran calls rejection the “lucky charm” that fueled her success. Here’s how she did it.

CHRO as an adviser to the C-suite

CHROs can be advisers to the CEO and other C-suite titles. Here is some advice on how.

Practicing the no-surprises rule

Surprises aren't fun at work. Here are some lessons learned.

2020 vision: 3 conversations to have about the future today

As you plan for next year, think about the big things you want to be proud of on Dec. 31.

How to lead a company with your spouse -- 3 partners weigh in

Advice for leading and growing a company when the work and home lives overlap.

7 deadly sins of development planning, part 1

What if you planned the development of your employees with the same focus and rigor as you do business and strategic planning?

Building a delegation culture

Delegation is not just a task but also a habit. Here's how to get started creating a delegation culture.

If the last boss you worked for recruited you again, would you go work for them?

Last week's SmartBrief on Leadership poll question: If the last boss you worked for recruited you again, would you go work for them?

5 criteria of a breakthrough brand name

The name of your brand is a critical choice. Here's advice on how to choose wisely.

5 ways to create a better workplace

No matter your title or authority, you can help create a better workplace. Here are some ways to get started.

Burnout blues and what you can do to protect yourself

Burnout is widespread, but there are ways to combat it, both for individuals and organizations.

Lessons from 50 years in business

How much can leaders do to control and motivate? This and other career lessons from Wally Bock.

In with the old

Technology is constantly advancing, but wisdom can be found regardless of age.

What was the reason why you most recently fired someone?

Last week's SmartBrief on Leadership poll question: What was the reason why you most recently fired someone?