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

When we avoid difficult conversations, we don't acknowledge the elephant in the room, but we do feed it.


Finding the right mentor isn't easy. Here is some expert advice for doing so, especially for women in the workplace.


Walmart's first executive vice president shares her journey as an "Only" and how companies can improve on executive diversity.


Before we can discern motivation versus engagement, we need to be sure we understand either term.

What expectations do you have of your team members when it comes to email responsiveness?


HR can show that culture drives business results, and it starts with hiring from a wider pool of abilities.

Purposeful culture

Desired culture doesn't just appear -- you need to put in the work to define, communicate and model values and expectations.


SHRM is urging employers to hire people with criminal records. Here's a story of one advocate who is trying to make up for his past failings.

Symantec's culture transformation weathered M&A and executive turnover to get the most out of data and people.


Stories spark transformation in ourselves, in others and in our organizations. Here are two examples.


Leading means embracing and modeling the new habits, new behaviors and new culture you’re working to create. This applies to feedback, too.


Don't look for secrets and magical solutions to stress. The solution starts with you.

When you travel internationally, do you research cultural norms of your destination before going?


How can leaders make the most of their time? One way is knowing the trends in how work is changing