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?

Boss

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

Praise

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

Goals

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

Appreciation

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

Flame

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.

Meeting

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

Chef

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.

Meditation

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?

Stress

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