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

Our well being, health and success depends upon the quality of our conversations.


Learning from success is difficult but necessary to truly improve ourselves.

Have you heard the term “insecure overachiever” and if so, would you consider yourself one?


Take it from this father and business owner: You won’t kill your career by setting firm boundaries between work and life.


Part of being a leader is nurturing ideas and curiousity in your team. Lead by example.


Your success depends on intelligence, yes, but more the emotional kind that you might be neglecting.

Agile steps

Why agile thinking is becoming a must for career development.


Here are some simple ways you can be more productive without stressing out.


Recogition and feedback are not the same thing, so don't deliver them both in the same breath.

How well do your people behave as stewards of your organization's resources?


Do you really know how you'll react to a crisis?

Daniel H. Pink: "When"

Daniel Pink offers advice on thinking about decisions better, especially about when we do what things.

5 tips for recruitment, retention

Emotional intelligence, rethinking hiring procedures and other tips for recruitment, retention.


Beware: Smart, engaged employees can still fail at storytelling.

Bicycle crash

When a collison is imminent, we have two options: Retreat and judge, or offering understanding and grace.