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

Building great teams isn't easy, but there are some smart actions you can try.

How would you describe your environment as you head into year-end?


It's not impossible to get your act together. Here's some advice on becoming more organized.

Doing business in real time: Driving small business results in today's digital world
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Today’s SMBs must be able to conduct business anywhere, at any time. Facebook exec Kate McCarthy talks about why doing business in real time is so important and how tech tools help position SMBs for success.

Career growth

Bad or demoralizing bosses don't have to get the best of you. Here's an entrepreneur's advice on overcoming people who try to block your career.


Rethink gifts and help your employees grow in ways that last.

Family of ducks

Being shorthanded is inevitable, so why not plan for it?


When you are open to new ideas, not only might you learn something, but your team will, too.

How effectively does your organization say “no” to work that is “off strategy?”

Gauging success for small businesses: What online tools can tell you about your mobile presence
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Many businesses struggle with knowing whether their mobile strategies are successful. Read about tools you can use and questions you should be asking to ensure success with your mobile presence.


The growth of a wholesale distribution organization does not rely solely on the distributor’s strategic vision, geographic reach, physical assets, product selection, or market share. It also depends on its human capital.


How do you define improvement? How will you show it at work, in your community and with other people?

Uphill climb

Appreciative inquiry can help leaders work through periods of despair or other hardship.

Video call

Video calls reveal the difficulties that can arise whe we can see how people aren't paying attention.

Want to be a unicorn? Do the hard work of hiring with the future in mind.