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

A communication plan details what needs to be shared with whom and how that communication will be delivered.


What can we learn from research that suggests some values cycle through generations? How does that help us at work?


Valuing growth over all can make any workplace, even a nonprofit, susceptible to a toxic culture.

Last week's question: How structured is your approach to problem-solving?


You must manage your team, manage up and manage your communities.


Integrity is the foundation of sound organizations that know what they are and what they value.


Visualize your fears to help overcome them and perform better.

Last week's question: How do you deal with manipulative people?

Obama delivers lessons on work, purpose

Lessons on leading teams and driving progress from President Barack Obama

Strategic alignment

An organization needs to be honest in addressing its challenges, both internal and external, to achieve real success.


Our daily lives can feel overwhelming, but there's a way forward.

Middle managers

Middle management will change but isn't going anywhere.


Members of the Young Entrepreneur Council share advice on how to bring two distant departments together.