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

If you default to training and workshops to fix every workplace problem, you may be missing issues of clarity and cullture.

Drew Dudley

Leadership is too exclusive and narrow. We need to do the hard work of opening its possibilities beyond just the privileged, Drew Dudley says.


A study suggests that 3 of 5 bosses in the US are bullies.

Last week's question: What is the biggest challenge you face with respect to focus?


Young people today want a workforce that strives for results but also purpose, fulfillment and meaning.

Rev. Greg Boyle

Bosses who listen and practice humility are more likely to see their teams perform.


A veteran CEO offers advice for those leading a company for the first time.


If you find yourself challenged to let go -- even for a weekend -- you might want to try these three tips for disconnecting from your busyness.

Public speaking

The truth is, all business leaders are capable of giving a powerhouse presentation. All it takes is the right mindset, a well-crafted presentation with a strong core message and thorough preparation.


Few of today's politicians resemble the contrarian leader who resists within the tribe.

If your messaging to customers and prospective employees doesn't align, you'll have trouble hiring and retaining.


Challenge the assumption that “professional distance” is a good thing.


Not everyone wants to be agreeable, but you'll need to figure out how to work with them.

Wrong way

There’s only so much time you can devote to being successful at work, so stop wasting that time on unproven leadership fads.