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

Rethink gifts and help your employees grow in ways that last.

Family of ducks

Being shorthanded is inevitable, so why not plan for it?


When you are open to new ideas, not only might you learn something, but your team will, too.

How effectively does your organization say “no” to work that is “off strategy?”

Gauging success for small businesses: What online tools can tell you about your mobile presence
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Many businesses struggle with knowing whether their mobile strategies are successful. Read about tools you can use and questions you should be asking to ensure success with your mobile presence.


The growth of a wholesale distribution organization does not rely solely on the distributor’s strategic vision, geographic reach, physical assets, product selection, or market share. It also depends on its human capital.


How do you define improvement? How will you show it at work, in your community and with other people?

Uphill climb

Appreciative inquiry can help leaders work through periods of despair or other hardship.

Video call

Video calls reveal the difficulties that can arise whe we can see how people aren't paying attention.

How rigorously do you maintain your professional network?

Want to be a unicorn? Do the hard work of hiring with the future in mind.

Difficult relationships can be fixed, but it takes clear intentions and a willingness to set boundaries.


Don't go it alone, whether in sickness or in the workplace.

Office team

Rethink your office setup to allow for efficiency without siloing off managers.


To get better at giving feedback, start by getting better at asking for feedback.