Managing People at Work

Dan knew that in the long run, working with Andy was a better investment than starting over with a new hire. Here’s the strategy he used to coach his promising but undependable worker:

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In a recent survey by the Society for Human Resource Management, men ranked work-life balance as a higher priority than did women, and workers younger than age 50 valued it more highly than did baby boomers.

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In her new book, Contagious Success: Spreading High Performance Throughout Your Organization, Susan Lucia Annunzio identifies three characteristics that “consistently distinguish high-performing workgroups around the world.”

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Your team is made up of talented people, each of whom can excel individually. But the team’s collaboration, decision making, and problem solving aren’t what they could be; usually, you end up making the important moves. Why? And what to do about it?

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Consultant and author Gerald Kraines, M.D., discusses the differences he sees between companies and leaders that “manage for reality” and those who lead their teams according to fashionable management “fantasies.” Which group do you fall in?

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Whether you’re a new manager or a veteran trying to develop your own team members, it’s important to remember: Before you can act like a leader, you need to think like a leader. Here’s some advice you can take to heart.

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Do you resent others’ career success? Here’s some advice for managers suffering from job envy:

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Many managers are proud to have an open-door policy. But if it isn’t well managed, an open-door policy can become a major source of unwanted downtime for you—time you could better spend working on your own top priorities.

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When handled effectively, reviews can be a tremendous help in closing the gap between what your employees do and what you need them to do. But a number of things can get in the way of an effective review.

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With today’s workers feeling the strains caused by higher performance requirements, greater responsibilities, and more frequent downsizings, it’s important for managers to be able to identify and deal with burnout.

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