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

Leaders can't ignore their talent pipelines any longer.


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?


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


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.


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.


Creativity is often simply the combination of two previously unrelated ideas, so it can indeed be enlightening to ask, “How could we apply the Uber model to our industry?”


Leaders aren't challenged by good times; it's how they react when things aren't going well.

Last week's poll question: When you take on a new role, how effective are you at quickly establishing trust with the team?

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Learn about communication from a company where all employees must answer three questions when reviewing peers: “What is something I should start doing? Continue doing? Stop doing?”


Living in ignorance is no solution. You need to learn from your mistakes.

Public speaking

Business innovation expert Melissa Kennedy shares what what she learned from giving 29 business presentations over 30 days.

Cynicism is not the same as pessimism or skepticism. Cynicism will not bring the results or morale you seek.