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

Why don’t more leaders use powerful stories to inspire their people, build engagement, shift mindsets (from fixed to growth) and strengthen resolve?


Last week's poll question: Are you a procrastinator on big projects?


At your next meeting, remember that the best way to learn something is to shut up and listen.


Learn about project-specific mentoring and why growth springs from developing your people.

Leadership secret

Try new approaches to how you give feedback, hold one-on-ones and motivate your people.


Remaining current and competitive demands new mindsets, habits, and ways of interacting with the world around us.

Creative destruction

Just as there’s no stopping a tidal wave, creative destruction is a fact of life; our only choices are to ride it or be swamped.

Our weekly reader poll: When you make a really big mistake, how do you handle it?

Wild Zora

The inspiration behind Wild Zora was Joshua Tabin and his wife, Zora, struggling with the snacks that were available to their children. Here's a look at their story


Doing well can, and should, also mean doing good -- and doing good contributes to a company’s growth in major ways.

Performance conversations

Performance conversations can go wrong. Here's how you may be inadvertently creating problems as a manager.

Behavioral science

Use these behavioral science tips in your next presentation.


Here's what managers need to do if they wish to foster collaboration.

Fear of public speaking is common but treatable.


Middle managers get a lot of responsibility and little development. Why can't we do better?