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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Start the year off in a positive direction with a team meeting that serves dual purposes: to share a plan for 2015 and to have some fun.
Most management experts warn that you shouldn’t micromanage employees because doing so can stunt their creativity and lower their accountability. However, here are four cases when it might be necessary for you to micromanage staff:
You are only human, and you will experience days when employees test your patience. However, even when a blowup feels warranted, here are several reasons for you to watch your temper:

During times when your team is excelling, it can be easy to skip praising employees. After all, it should seem obvious to employees that they are doing well because you are hitting your goals and exceeding everyone’s expectations. Don’t make that mistake.

Only 9% of leaders say they’re satisfied with the way they spend time, according to a 2013 survey by ­McKinsey & Co. As for the rest of the executives polled—the ones who were less than satisfied—they fell into four time-management categories.

If you and your colleagues use group texting, consider adding these rules to your social media policy.

To foster teamwork, give employees a voice. Let them work together to make decisions and they’ll collaborate more freely.
During Steve Ballmer’s 13 years as Micro­­soft’s CEO, the company’s revenues tripled and its profits doubled. But the man who replaced Bill Gates also took some criticism.

To lead people, you can tell them what you want them to do and then assess the outcome.  But there’s a problem with that approach: Employees may deliver the desired outcome but make judgment errors along the way. True leaders don’t just focus on the results; they also examine the process itself.

Know yourself ... Discover your purpose ... Avoid the mistake that one Microsoft exec recently made.
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