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

What does true digital transformation look like? Valin offers an example.

Young people

Young employees are an opportunity, not a problem.


Don't go unrequited at work: Focus on providing value that aligns with your employer.

How do you accommodate people with learning disabilities on your team?


The key to fulfilling your company’s potential for innovation is to catch and curb "derailers" before they derail your team.

What did a CEO learn from waiting too long to fix a bad hire?

Career growth

What goes into a successful career? Longtime FBI agent LaRae Quy offers her perspective.

Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo's methods line up with what motivational science tells us.

Geoff Freeman

Geoff Freeman became president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association in 2018 -- find out what leadership advice he has to offer.

How well-defined are your people’s personal development plans for this year?

Annual plan

Create a culture by establishing a cycle: planning, expectations, coaching, review and repeat.

Hands together

Unsure how empathy fits into your leadership style? Consider the following, and learn how having empathy can help you tailor your tactics and build a strong and loyal team.


Should we care if we dream or we envision? Yes.


Next time you're ready to respond emotionally and impulsively, take a step back and think about what you really want to communicate.

As a manager, here’s how you can begin implementing modernized learning for yourself and your team.