SmartBrief Originals
Insights, tips and best practices for executive business leaders and managers
Fasten your seat belts: Leading during mergers, acquisitions and divestitures

During M&A, know the difference between transitions and changes if you want to help employees move forward.

Tools and techniques for effective communication: The platinum rule

Good communication follows the golden rule, but great communication abides by the platinum rule.

How do I get my boss to stop micromanaging me?

Being micromanaged doesn't need to be a permanent state. Here's what you need to know.

Is your work culture affecting people’s brains?

What is neuroplasticity, and what does it have to do with the workplace?

Can purpose and profit coexist? The questions every CEO must answer

How can your organization apply the mindset laid out by the Business Roundtable?

What music teaches leaders about reflection

Learn from the traits of great musicians and how you can apply them to your leadership.

5 priceless leadership communication lessons learned the hard way

There's a difference between hearing and truly listening. That's just one of the tough lessons of communication as a leader.

An essential skill you need to be a successful leader

Empathy is the future of leadership, and here are four reasons why it can help you.

Quick tips for boosting your confidence during your next business presentation

Are you lacking confidence in your presentation skills? Review these basics to see where you can improve.

When is the last time you took a vacation?

When is the last time you took a vacation?

Uncover your hidden talent -- the future leaders who already work for you

Make a plan to start highlighting your existing skilled but overlooked staff.

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.