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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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To launch a change campaign, start by assessing the present situation and then using it as a basis for crafting a better future. At least that’s what most experts would have advised a decade ago. The new strategy is to begin by envisioning the kind of future you want for your organization.
As a leader you can tell people what to do. But barking orders rarely endears you to your team. A better way to instruct and inspire staffers is to share personal anecdotes.
In running a men’s clothing company, Hil Davis, who co-founded J. Hilburn in 2007, admits that his attitude initially got in the way. He says that his arrogance and ignorance led him to make a series of poor decisions during the firm’s early years.
Many executives equate strategic planning with staging a “SWOT analysis”—an examination of their organization’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. But recent research adds another element to the mix: an organization's culture.

Do you rely on your “golden gut” when making decisions? Or do you believe that other people in your organization have expertise or opinions that can help make your decisions better? Greg Burrill, owner and founder of home-builders WGB Homes, is in the second camp.

In order for a company to succeed as a whole, its managers need to help their individual employees succeed by effectively managing their performance. All managers can benefit from these reminders during reviews.
Sweat it like the co-founder of ZipCar ... Imagine it like a Nobel Prize winner ... Say bye-bye to spam.

Peter Diamandis, who runs the X Prize Foundation, believes we’re on the cusp of a “world of abundance.” As he sees it, “abundance” is about creating a life of possibility. And he views the biggest, most foreboding topics­—water scarcity, climate change, population explosion—in terms of that possibility.

Brent Peterson learned a sad lesson at a food truck. One day, he only had $5. He figured that wouldn’t be enough for Indian cuisine, so he was ready to keep walking when the food truck’s proprietor stopped him ...
Top executives often take up hobbies such as golf and sailing. But Mark Hellerstein is probably the only CEO who is also a professional ventriloquist. Hellerstein served as chief executive of St. Mary Land & Exploration Co. from 1995 to 2007. During that time, the oil and gas firm—now known as SM Energy Co.—grew from an $80 million private company to a $2.5 billion public company.
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