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

Remember: you don’t have to get everything right; you just have to be a little more right than your competitors.

When life moves too quickly, leaders need to step up and help everyone slow down, think and then act with a clear head.

Q&A: How Delta keeps the needs of small businesses in mind with the SkyBonus program
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In this interview, Delta Vice President of Sales Operations and Sales Development Kristen Shovlin discusses what makes the SkyBonus program a smart choice for smaller companies.


The best organizations get great at handling change with care, but many organizations don’t. Organizational change can easily become workplace suffering.


Mentoring is critical for anyone, says longtime health care executive and nonprofit board adviser Dennis C. Miller. He offers advice both for millennials and executives.

Lost brands are statistically more likely to avoid risk, resist change, and be reluctant to invest.

Here's what managers and employees of any age can learn about giving and receiving feedback.

Blind to the answers

If your team isn’t regularly wrestling with differences of opinion, there’s a good chance you’ve got groupthink going on. If nobody’s speaking up, somebody probably needs to.

SmartPulse -- our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership -- tracks feedback from more than 210,000 business leaders. What is your preference with respect to leadership training?

According to a new survey of more than 1,000 professionals by APQC, a majority of employees remain stuck in traditional closed-door offices and cubicle farms.

Good agreements create good boss-employee relationships. Set the expectations about moving the trainee-trainer relationship forward.


Your success and aptitude can take a turn when you're in unfamiliar territory.

SmartBrief surveyed its audience of senior executives and business professionals on their travel habits.


Post-mortem meetings have great intentions, but too often they deliver the wrong "lessons learned."

How diabetes educators can lead patients to better health
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The rising incidence of diabetes is placing new importance on patient education.