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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When Doug Conant joined Campbell Soup Co. in 2001 as CEO, cheaper brands threatened the company’s future. Conant’s predecessor had raised prices, alienating many Campbell fans. Almost immediately, Conant detected a serious problem: morale.

Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant believes you can count on “three fingers, maybe” the number of NBA players in the game now who burn with the same intensity he does. Identifying kindred spirits is a pastime of his.

Bruce Lee died in 1973 at age 32. In his short life, he thrived as an action film star, martial artist, screenwriter, movie director and ­philosopher. To operate at peak efficiency, Lee liked to “hack away at the unessential.”

It only takes a second to lose the ball and lose the game. Here are the five signs.
As some scientific research and tactics of successful leaders prove, it sometimes pays to go against the grain and experiment with unorthodox management tactics.
Besieged by information overload, executives often struggle to maintain their focus. This leads them to find ways to concentrate better so they can achieve creative breakthroughs.
Two hours. That’s how much sleep Jill got the night before she had to fire Les. As Monday progressed toward the awful three o’clock sit-down, she could feel the tension grow in her neck, her chest, even her hands ...

Founded in 1927, Maple Leaf Foods enjoyed a long run of success as a Canadian food processing company. But in 2008, some of the firm’s luncheon meats proved deadly. Due to a contaminated Maple Leaf plant in Toronto, a Listeria bacteria outbreak claimed 21 lives. CEO Michael McCain suddenly faced a huge crisis.

Many baby boomers are delaying retirement. Some need the cash, but many love their work and don’t want to let go. So why should they reconsider?
Asking the wrong questions at the wrong time can demotivate and disengage your staff. Here are more effective ways to ask some common ones.
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