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

Last week's poll question: Do you believe storytelling is an important skill when it comes to making a sale?

Best self

Your best self is when you’re living in alignment with your servant purpose and with your values and behaviors. You serve others nimbly, willingly and kindly, all the time.


There are 7 types of bad decisions, each of which can cause distinct problems.

Leaders make risk safe, as paradoxical as that might sound. They turn experiments into learning opportunities.


We often get into action to satisfy our need for closure, not because we have the right action to pursue.

Culture-brand integration

Too many companies have one set of values for employees and another for their brand.


Entrepreneurs offer advice on how to make the most of your summer interns.


It’s hard to feel mentally tough when you’re stuck. You need the grit to welcome challenges as obstacles to overcome.

Bill Weiland quote

Presence Marketing CEO Bill Weiland on how he leads and communicates -- and what he expects in return.


Last week's poll question: How well do you define the question at hand before rushing off to solve the problem?


Playing favorites leads to missed opportunities for you and your team. You lose out on new perspectives, new ideas and unique problem-solving techniques.

Management is not about getting involved in every little detail.


We’re told not to be emotionally attached to the outcome. But forget that: You and your team should care about results.


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


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