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

Innovation requires an environment of psychological safety.


Dealing with problems is hard enough; don't blame yourself for the ones that aren't your fault.

Last week's question: Which efficiency mistake do you most commonly see leaders make?


The founder of NatureBox talks about what he’s learned as both an entrepreneur and the leader of a growing organization, and what it takes to run a startup.


To get better results, act with intention, and make sure your actions and values are aligned.


Everyone can get better at communicating.


If you have team members who tend to go full-speed all the time, make them take periodic breaks. Otherwise, efficiency will start to take a hit.


An important person is leaving. How does your company adapt? Here are 12 ideas from Young Entrepreneur Council members.


Even across cultural divides, rivalries and conflict, there are human connections to be made.

Bob Patel and Cal Dooley

SmartBrief spoke March 22 with Cal Dooley, American Chemistry Council President and CEO, after a forum that brought together the chemical industry and other stakeholders in the Texas Gulf Coast region.


If values don't matter as much as results, you'll allow bad actors to gain power -- and drive away talent.

Last week's poll question: When is the last time you participated as a team member instead of leading your team?

Women in leadership

Does your company culture encourage gender diversity at the highest levels?

Bob Stoops

Retirement is inevitable, and every lead must eventually move on.


It's not too late to fix bad meetings.