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

10 key steps you should be taking if you want to be a credible, influential leader.


Here are some questions to help you become a better listener -- and a better helpmate for your colleagues.


Core values are more important to the vitality of the company than any financial goals.

Karyn Schoenbart

Karyn Schoenbart on the challenges of leading and motivating in difficult times, and how she communicates throughout the organization as a CEO.

Q&A: Building a resilient workforce

Six ways to create a culture of resilience in your workplace.


The road from haughtiness to humility can’t be trodden without tears.

Last week's poll question: How effective is your organization at implementing effective measurement practices?

Truth Bar

A founder and the outside CEO talk about the journey of the Truth Bar brand.


Executives can use this short list to determine the root causes of leadership failures within your organization.

Soft skills

While employers expect employees to develop themselves -- in their off time -- into soft-skill-proficient leaders, most employees are using that time to look for new jobs instead.

Last week's poll question: How willing are you to take a risk and let team members make decisions?

Purposeful culture

There is no faster way to eroding engagement, service, and results in a workplace than by discounting, demeaning or dismissing others’ ideas, efforts, and accomplishments.


U2 is not just about the music but also about the band's internal dynamics and culture.


What are you doing each week to ensure you're working at your most thoughtful?


Leadership is nurtured by inclusion, not because it’s a nice to do, it’s a must-do.