SmartBrief Originals
Insights, tips and best practices for executive business leaders and managers
React or reflect?

"Reflexive" and "reflective" are two ends of a continuum. Where do you fall on this leadership spectrum?

Employees who suffer workplace trauma need support, as do the people helping them through these events.

What is your organization’s attitude toward paying its suppliers?

The main reason businesses struggle with long-term focus on execution is that they fail to plan for implementing the plan.


Why do we tolerate unmanageable managerial jobs?


Managing from the middle is a balancing act. There are 4 keys to success as a middle manager.


What one manufacturer learned about adopting a culture of servant leadership.

From Gutenberg to Google

Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler argues in a new book that we’re on the cusp of the “third era of network-driven change," following the world-altering disruptions caused by the printing press and the railroad and telegraph.


Great brands get back to first things: what needs they meet and why they exist, not what they do.

How prevalent is online learning in your organization?


If you have invested in skills training but your managers are still conflict-adverse, it’s likely due to the mindsets that have emerged from the culture.

Young people

Young employees are an opportunity, not a problem.


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


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?