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

Last week's poll question: Are you a procrastinator on big projects?


Learn about project-specific mentoring and why growth springs from developing your people.

Leadership secret

Try new approaches to how you give feedback, hold one-on-ones and motivate your people.


Remaining current and competitive demands new mindsets, habits, and ways of interacting with the world around us.

Creative destruction

Just as there’s no stopping a tidal wave, creative destruction is a fact of life; our only choices are to ride it or be swamped.

Our weekly reader poll: When you make a really big mistake, how do you handle it?

Wild Zora

The inspiration behind Wild Zora was Joshua Tabin and his wife, Zora, struggling with the snacks that were available to their children. Here's a look at their story

Performance conversations

Performance conversations can go wrong. Here's how you may be inadvertently creating problems as a manager.


Doing well can, and should, also mean doing good -- and doing good contributes to a company’s growth in major ways.


Here's what managers need to do if they wish to foster collaboration.

Behavioral science

Use these behavioral science tips in your next presentation.

Fear of public speaking is common but treatable.

SmartPulse -- our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership -- tracks feedback from more than 210,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our e-newsletter.


Middle managers get a lot of responsibility and little development. Why can't we do better?


An executive need not heed every bit of contrary advice, but every executive should demonstrate the courtesy of listening.