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

In your next speech, consider how you can get your message across, to share your success, while still being humble and helpful.


If you’ve ever avoided conflict to keep the peace, given unsolicited advice, or shut down a conversation to avoid accountability, you’ve contributed to drama.


As the conversation expands around the idea of diversity, we can't forget what's at stake.

Last week's poll question: What’s your preferred approach to deal with stress?

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How telecoms can be more efficient using aerial imagery


Can't find skilled labor? What are you doing to train people?


Entrepreneurs offer advice for getting 2018 off to a great start.

How to sell your solutions

If you are frustrated that no one else is solving a problem affecting you or your performance, you need to be able to sell your solution to the higher-ups.

Dysfunctional workplace

When you are surrounded by selfishness and self-serving behavior, you may need to leave. But until then, try creating a pocket of excellence.

Last week's poll question: How well does your organization translate qualitative measures into quantitative metrics?

U.S. Capitol

The consequences of poor leadership and communication in an organization parallel that of a nation in shutdown.

John F. Kennedy

It's not a sign of weakness to say, "I take the blame."


People who demonstrate grace know that humility is more powerful than vanity, concern is more influential than command.

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Emotional intelligence

Our reactions to obstacles, misfortune and adversity are often habitual rather than deliberate. A little training and awareness can help us develop the emotional intelligence we need to make smarter choices and be more succes