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

The concept of "on belay" is one that can apply to any activity requiring a high level of performance.

Susan Fowler

Changes in how and where we work can be unsettling, but there's a way forward.

14 entrepreneurs offer advice on what to do when a strong employee suddenly drops off in performance.

True north

It doesn’t make sense to be different “people” in different contexts. So, don’t. Be your best self.

Bullying

Bully bosses come in many shapes and forms, which is why their presence and its toxicity inside the organization is so insidious.

Handshake

There's value in being nice in public, whether in business or sports.

Bochy

People can viewed as property or assets, or they can be viewed as people. Baseball manager Bruce Bochy shows how treating players as people can pay off.

Listening

If you are not a good listener, there is no way that you can develop real mastery in any discipline.

Failure

Failure can be the end, or it can be a step along the path to success.

Wünder Creamery

Why a creamery renamed itself and how it's navigated the startup experience.

Last week's question: How well do you handle an unexpected personal crisis at work?

Motivation

Watch out for ways you're inadvertently hurting your team.

Data

Data can identify patterns and illuminate future choices, but relying exclusively on data is like driving relying only on the rearview mirror.

Momentum

Newtonian physics offers a new way to look at how to motivate teams to keep growing.

Rally together

It’s the leader’s job to construct powerful, cohesive teams that support and rally around one another and complement each other’s skill sets.