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

Our integrity is fragile. It’s only as good as every kept promise. Do what you say you will do, every day -- with colleagues, neighbors, family, and strangers.

SmartPulse -- our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership -- tracks feedback from more than 210,000 business leaders. How empowered do you feel to make decisions affecting your team?

An executive was harassing women at work. HR brought this to the president. What would he decide?

Not all passion is positive, but when applied correctly, passion is how people and organizations make a difference.

Five

When there’s no time to prepare, how do you formulate your thoughts in the moment so you can be compelling and engaging?

Chariot

When you decide to stop running and to turn and face your inner demons, you can shift from the driven to the driver of your life.

14 entrepreneurs share advice on how to bust silos and get people talking.

Self-esteem

Loss of self-esteem is a loss of dignity and self-respect, and that is a downward spiral that becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Here are five effective ways you can boost your self-esteem.

SmartPulse -- our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership -- tracks feedback from more than 210,000 business leaders. Is your organization rigorous about succession planning?

Will Hartley

An interview with food entrepreneur Will Hartley.

Direction

Here are six jobs great leaders do every day in the pursuit of top-performing players.

Employees

You can win people’s hearts and minds and inspire commitment, not just compliance, by promoting originality, compassion, and autonomy when handling employee issues.

Mindfulness

The power of modeling cannot be overstated. Simply living one’s own mindfulness practice offers an opportunity to lead by example.

SmartPulse -- our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership -- tracks feedback from more than 210,000 business leaders. How has your business shifted since the last time you wrote your strategic plan?

Vulnerability

There’s a scientific basis for why vulnerability is an important leadership attribute: Humans are wired to help one another.