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

If you’re assigned prework for a meeting or training event, how do you approach it?


Not every problem can be tackled by going at it harder. Reflection and perspective have a real place in business.


Learn how managers can guard against overconfidence.

Political savvy

Being politically savvy is a learnable skill. Here's what you need to know.

Emotional intelligence

To be emotionally intelligent, you will need to spend time with yourself to better understand what makes you -- and others -- tick.

Do you enjoy negotiating?


Athletics and politics are not the same as leadership, but there are lessons we can learn from stalwarts in both arenas.

Executive presence

You don't need to look outside for talent if you do a better job developing your employees' executive presence.


What should managers do to develop employees when the traditional career path no longer exists?


Integrity helps us become the best versions of ourselves and communicates what we stand for.

How likely are you to overcommit yourself and run yourself down from doing so?

Bridge the engagement disconnect

Engagement surveys are effective tools for employee feedback—if workers are honest and leaders don't sabotage the process. A guide to doing it right.


Leaders no longer can claim to have all the answers. They'll need to shift their approach to help teams and organizations deal with complexity.

Freelancer Jessica Thiefels discusses how to set up shop in the gig economy.