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

One of the dumbest things you can do in your career is stay, for years, where you’re comfortable.

Last week's question: How often do you try to meet new people when you travel?


Take a hard look at your leadership behaviors and see where you might be hurting yourself and others.


Acknowledge a job well done in private, in public and before moving on to the next task.


Being dissatisfied can propel you to success rather than leaving you feeling stuck.


Want to optimize performance? Continue this timeless and musical advice: “Accentuate the positive. Eliminate the negative. Latch on to the affirmative.”


What if you looked inside yourself? Would that change your career path?

Sharing wins can make check-in meetings more focused on progress and goals achievement.

Last week's question: How effective are you at using found pockets of time to get work done?

"Shock and Awe"

SmartBrief CEO Rick Stamberger talks to Rob Reiner about his new movie, managing actors' egos and his experience co-founding Castle Rock.


There are 2 simple steps to getting an organization focused on better, more productive discussions.


As business leaders, we’re chefs, not chemists. Our task is to make something of the tools and ingredients available to us -- nothing more and nothing less.


Middle managers have a particular challenge in getting work done, leading their teams and handling all the pressure. Simple mindfulness techniques can help.

Last week's poll question: How many close personal advisors do you have that you can go to for guidance in challenging times?


We can avoid conflict and difficult conversations with family and co-workers, or we can try a different approach.