SmartBrief Originals
Insights, tips and best practices for executive business leaders and managers
Why "no thanks" is an unacceptable response to development

If you're not growing, you're falling behind. So how can you help employees keep learning?

Planning for maximal productivity

Better productivity starts with planning. Here's how to be a better planner.

As the year approaches a close, how did it turn out for your organization?

The most recent SmartBrief on Leadership poll: As the year approaches a close, how did it turn out for your organization?

Does a brand extension make sense?

How valuable is your existing brand if you're extending beyond the familiar?

Making change management work in 2020

Change management is hard work. Here's how you can make it work in 2020.

Make your work "work" for you

Higher-educated people work longer hours, but there's a limit to how much work you can do without burnout.

3 things great leaders do before tough conversations

All great leaders who thrive in having these conversations embrace the use of a three-part formula: Standards + evidence + courage = direct dialogue.

So good that nobody notices

Too many brands forget about the customer as time goes on. Be more like Disney, instead.

Great leadership occurs in moments of empathy and caring

When a team and its leader aren't connecting, the way forward starts with the leader's empathy.

5 stages of relationship conflict

Learn to recognize when you're causing your own relationship drama in the workplace.

Are you a mentor magnet?

Mentorship is a two-way street, and good mentors have key characteristics that make them attractive to potential mentees.

Social media posts affect heart health -- and why leaders need to know this

How we express ourselves on Twitter can literally affect our health, and there's lessons for workplace leaders in that.

Are you developing the right leaders fast enough?

Circuit City's demise is a reminder that successful, charismatic leaders still have to develop leaders to succeed them.

Are your expectations getting the best of you?

Expectations are often not met because we make assumptions instead of paying attention.

Next-level CHROs put people first

Treating people well is job No. 1 for HR chiefs.