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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Why is employer-to-employee feedback in such short supply? The answer is simple: Managers rank it among their most difficult duties.
Inspire others by pursuing your passions outside of work as well as inside.
In the usual model, a consulting firm parachutes a team into a client company. There, consultants analyze tons of data, then share their recommendations with senior management. The team leaves and the relationship ends. Bill Bain flipped that model.
Quizzing employees on critical facts can help them acquire the knowledge they need. But there’s a right and wrong way to administer one.
Is your biggest time waster: texting? surfing the web? chatting with co-workers? A new Career­Builder study reveals behaviors that employers say are the biggest productivity killers in the workplace.

Before Bob Buford became a cable TV magnate and philanthropist, he inherited a small family business in Tyler, Texas, and was feeling overwhelmed. Buford turned to the great management thinker Peter Drucker for help. Drucker told Buford to write a letter about what he wanted to accomplish—his purpose.

Whitey Herzog, winner of a World Series as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, understood one of the most overlooked aspects of leadership: Make the best of what you’ve got.

Even leaders at the top of their game need a little help sometimes. Filmmaker Steven Spielberg, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, told how he might never have made the movie “Lincoln” without a leg up from his friend Leonardo DiCaprio.

How do you handle a performance review that involves some news employees won’t necessarily welcome?
Ken Rees, CEO of Think Finance, takes every opportunity to ask front-line employees to share their ideas and experiences interacting with customers. “That’s where the answers are,” he says.
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