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

Stop listening to the sexists of the world; start listening to our hearts and our heads.

Sales

Here’s how you should be getting ready for a team sales pitch to give your company the best chance for success.

Hubris

"You’ve got to get your ego out of the way, because it’s constantly wanting to take over."

Innovation

As a leader, what if you feel you’re not innovative? It's possible to create a mindset that will allow you to develop your creativity.

Last week's poll question: Which do you manage more closely: your personal finances or your business’ finances?

Future

How can we cultivate a new generation of leaders to match the achievements of those from the past?

Meetings

Let your people vent their feelings first before giving them a new assignment. It is good to confront the issues in the room before action is taken.

Pipeline

Leaders can't ignore their talent pipelines any longer.

Selfie

Leaders are at great risk of loneliness. Here is some advice on finding community.

Last week's poll question: How well are your people’s incentives aligned with your organization’s strategy?

Regrained

An idea for using "spent" grain from brewing turned into a company for Dan Kurzrock.

Time-wasters

These are 3 types of conversations you don't want to encourage.

Office harassment

Don’t excuse bad workplace behavior. Don’t accept ignorance of the behaviors or turn a blind eye to them just because the employee is key or a rainmaker for the organization.

Thinking

Our thinking patterns are like well-developed muscles. It takes time and focus to train and adjust them to new movements, new thoughts and messages.