SmartBrief Originals
Insights, tips and best practices for executive business leaders and managers
Are you a boss or a leader? These characteristics will strengthen your leadership skills

Strong leaders are approachable, will listen and aren't afraid to make decisions. Learn more about what separates leaders from bosses.

The importance of political savvy for leadership success

How to navigate office politics? Know the rules, who has influence and who can help you.

How to give feedback like a boss

Here are 10 tips for giving feedback in a way that works.

Does your brand measure up?

How powerful is your brand? Find out how to measure success.

When is the last time your work was praised by your boss or someone above them?

When is the last time your work was praised by your boss or someone above them?

Nervousness is just another word for fear: Deal with It!

Fear is normal. Let's learn how to manage and channel it better.

3 communication tips to implement today

Here are simple strategies for better communication that you can try immediately.

Persistence is underrated

Sooner or later in every story the protagonist is faced with a fateful, consequential decision. In a movie or novel, it’s entertaining. In real life, it can be terrifying.

What is the biggest challenge you face when it comes to managing your time?

What is the biggest challenge you face when it comes to managing your time?

How a culture-first CEO sees HR, diversity and inclusion

Culture Amp's CEO says, when it comes to D&I, "There’s no right, there’s no ‘best practice and if you just do that you’ll be fine.’ There’s just better than where you are now."

4 traps that trip up new leaders

The leap from employee to leader requires new mindsets, skill development and a shift in identity.

(Almost) everything changes. How will you react?

Much as we'd like things to stay the same, they rarely do. A mindset open to exploration can help you navigate inevitable change.

3 soft skills that yield hard results when you speak

Jerry Sipp's acting workshop holds valuable lessons for speakers who want to be better at rehearsing and delivering presentations.

How comfortable are you asking others for help when you’re struggling with work tasks?

How comfortable are you asking others for help when you’re struggling with work tasks?

5 things that make work worth it

Pay is part of what keeps employees happy, but it's far from the only thing.