Leaders & Managers

From the nitty gritty of daily management to addressing your aspirations of leadership, this section for leaders & managers tells you how to make strong leadership decisions, build effective teams, delegate and stay above the everyday management muddle.

Get tips, strategies, tool and advice on: performance reviews, preventing workplace violence, best-practices leadership, team building, leadership skills, people management and management training.

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Clarence Birdseye was the classic American inventor who became rich by finding marketable solutions to everyday problems. Before his company came along in the early 20th century, frozen food was so bad that New York state ruled it inedible for prisoners.

If you give somebody a bad grade without explanation, that’s not acceptable, says Laura Yecies, CEO of online storage service SugarSync. Yecies fights the impulse by reading every performance review—not so much to see if she agrees with the assessment but to check whether the manager is being thoughtful.

This season, the Washington Nationals have stood at or near the top of their division because they have a skipper who knows how to lead: Davey Johnson.
Perfectionists can be counted on for high-quality output that includes every bit of what you asked for (and then some). Speed and the ability to prioritize, however, often take a back seat.
Oct. 16 marks the annual celebration of Boss’s Day, a time when employees recognize and thank their bosses.
Every manager knows that a headache may affect an employee’s productivity. But for the 28 million Americans suffering from migraines, headaches are not just a temporary annoyance but a serious, often misunderstood condition.

 

If managing workers’ schedules and keeping track of attendance have become almost a full-time job, then Supervisor’s Helper may make your life easier.

Your innovation methods should produce a bunch of ideas, including “crazy” ones. After paring them down based on critique and analysis, have your designers try out the surviving ideas with “cheap and dirty” prototypes.

Workplace violence is a serious problem that all employers must be prepared to address. Issues include analyzing what incidents are likely to trigger violence in the workplace; whether workplace violence policies can apply to verbal threats; what to do in cases of actual fighting or physical violence; and even outside events like domestic violence situations.

What they should tell you during business school commencement speeches is this: In the real world, you’re going to need to build and channel influence.
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