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.
Managers can bring the most intelligent, creative people to their departments, but if the employees aren’t able to work as a team, the department’s productivity will suffer. If your team isn’t firing on all cylinders, it’s important to identify the reasons why … and what you can do to overcome the dysfunction.
Why did the industrial revolution begin in England, instead of, say, France or Germany? Two economists offer an explanation. They say the reason is Britain had more “tweakers”—skilled engineers and artisans who refined the signature inventions of the industrial age.
How does a top executive like Bob Pozen get it all done? Pozen has been a top dog at Fidelity and MFS Investment Management, as well as an attorney, law school professor, business school professor and author. His tips for extreme productivity:
Pete Sampras realized early in his tennis career that his opponent wasn’t beating him. Sampras was beating himself. It wasn’t just that he’d played badly, Sampras says now. “I also played without heart, which is a greater sin.” Later in his career, Sampras saw reality with rare objectivity. He lists five truisms as mostly fair and all realistic, starting with "You're only as good as your last win..."
Employers usually don’t have a problem terminating an employee for poor performance if the employee has never raised any kind of discrimination claim. But somehow, as soon as an employee goes to the EEOC (or even just HR) with a complaint, the same employer doesn’t know what to do. Should you terminate the employee and face a potential retaliation suit?
Using the computer toolbar again and again to pull down the same functions is monotonous and stifles productivity.
Ursula Faix, of Sarasota, Fla., offers her time-saving strategies of bypassing drop-down menus so "every command I need is one click away. For me, the most important time-saving technique in Microsoft Word and Excel is to customize the toolbars," she says.