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

Let's rethink what power is. Doing so means confronting your superstitions.

When performing on camera, chances are the stakes are high and your anxiety is, too. Changing your attitude can go a long way toward improving the way you come across to your audience.


Want to stand out? Lead or be timid. Read on for more on how to be bold.

Last week's poll question: How effectively do you use data to tell stories?

Dan Shorr

Cancer led Dan Shorr to rethink his life -- and build an ice cream startup.


Small acts can help you be more approachable, get to know co-workers and help them get to know you.


Obituaries not only capture the essence of a person's life, but they can also offer questions of self-reflection for ourselves.

Business travel

Cultural differences abound in business, but breaches of etiquette aren't inevitable. You just need some cultural intelligence.


Authenticity is especially important in a world of curated, packaged social media. How are you doing the hard work of being authentic?

Last week's poll question: How actively do you seek to build personal resilience?


Many employees still equate professional “growth” with a promotion. Leaders need to reframe that conversation, especially when promotions and development funding are scarce.


What is it that makes Shari, Ben, Marie, Deanne and Cathy leaders? They see a need and choose to do something about it.


The coach’s mindset is multifaceted; in fact, it’s actually five different mindsets, all of which are required to enhance one’s ability to help others realize their potential, perform optimally and engage in continuous learning.

Career journey

10 questions to ask yourself when you find yourself stuck, stalled or getting in your own way.


Seeking innovation in frustration is an evergreen method of creating change. And there’s one other benefit: It keeps you from feeling sorry for yourself.