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

Hope can be an action leaders regularly practice, and not just a wish or a feeling.

Power poses

The initial science behind power poses has been discredited, but they still matter in terms of the body language we present to others.

What’s your approach to onboarding new managers?

We look at 4 new features on the LinkedIn mobile app.

Best practices

Best practices need to be challenged so organizations can test whether they're actually following the best path.

Five steps

You can't own something unless you understand the strategy, the goals and what's expected of you.


There are 2 ways that gratitude can flow from ourselves. Don't forget to give that appreciation and recognition to yourself, too.


We tend to think about risk in terms of potential actions, but what are the risks of not acting?

Have you ever fired a client/customer?


In this algorithmic age, the true secret of successful cultural change is finding and augmenting the behaviors, patterns, and mindsets that are already working for you, rather than trying to superimpose the values of another company onto your own.

What is it for?

The question "What is it for?" can help illuminate the purpose of what we're doing, thinking or saying.


Engagement is something all top organizations share, but it's easy for leaders to get it wrong.


Whatever you do, sales is part of the job. The only question is whether you'll focus on what you're giving or what you want.

How do you handle a project that clearly isn’t going to meet your goals?

Employee development

Employers have more control over what skills get developed than they think. Here's advice for tackling the skills gap.