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

How can you create an engaging environment inside your organization? How does leadership mindset need to change to embrace all that these new graduates can offer?

Eric Barker’s writing is based on the idea that “Here’s the best we’ve got right now.” His book aims to go beyond platitudes to help people find success.

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Are some people talking too much and others not enough? Here's how to recognize the signs and, importantly, what to do about it.


Uncertainty and ambiguity are the enemy, but if we want to survive in today’s environment, we’d better get used to them. Here's advice on becoming resilient.


Every employee departure offers the opportunity to learn. Here are 15 lessons from Young Entrepreneur Council members.

Driscoll's CEO Kevin Murphy on leading a family company without being family, and why doubt is a good thing.

SmartPulse -- our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership -- tracks feedback from more than 210,000 business leaders. How do you perceive a gap in an interview candidate's work history?


Concentrate on these five key areas to make sure you’re thinking critically and employing the best strategies to succeed.


A guide for better conversations that deliver feedback while building trust.

I quit

Attrition is a fact of organizational life. It’s not a matter of if but when it will happen. How will you respond?


What can leaders and managers do to reduce stress in their workplaces?


Compassion is very much a component of strong workplace leadership.

These four steps won't be easy, but if you can master them, you'll keep your best people.

Take the leap

Remember: you don’t have to get everything right; you just have to be a little more right than your competitors.