SmartBrief Originals
Insights, tips and best practices for executive business leaders and managers
The Making of a Manager

Facebook's Julie Zhuo has written a guide for new managers that reminds us of the power -- and limitations -- of managers.


What is empathy? Why is it so important? Here are four ways you can work toward empathy.


All of us can improve how we communicate with influence. Here are 6 things to remember.

How closely are your priorities tied to your company’s strategy?


Loneliness at work is an epidemic, but organizations can do something about it with focused. intentional culture development.


Here are some straightforward and effective ways to focus on execution.


What does grace mean? Consider these five attributes.


Think outside the box with learning and development.


At the heart of great leadership is influence, as in the ability to influence others to do what needs to get done.


Here are 10 questions for taking a hard look at your own leadership and development.

How much exposure does your entire organization get to your customers?


Difficult conversations often aren't because people avoid them. Here's how to know when such a talk is needed.


Leadership learning is a lifelong endeavor for great leaders. Make reflection and journaling the core of your leadership learning.


Get back to people promptly. It'll pay off in many ways.