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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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Your innovation methods should produce a bunch of ideas, including “crazy” ones. After paring them down based on critique and analysis, have your designers try out the surviving ideas with “cheap and dirty” prototypes.

Workplace violence is a serious problem that all employers must be prepared to address. Issues include analyzing what incidents are likely to trigger violence in the workplace; whether workplace violence policies can apply to verbal threats; what to do in cases of actual fighting or physical violence; and even outside events like domestic violence situations.

What they should tell you during business school commencement speeches is this: In the real world, you’re going to need to build and channel influence.

Carl Sagan’s passion for the universe was so huge that the moment Johnny Carson saw him on a Dick Cavett special, he wanted the scientist booked on The Tonight Show. Sagan delivered “a cosmological crash course,” explaining the connection between the history of the universe and the development of life on earth.

Success is not about having more money or connections than the other guy. It’s about being willing to “outwork and outlearn everyone when it comes to your business,” says Mark Cuban, the tech billionaire.
“In today’s reputation economy, what you stand for matters more than what you produce and sell,” says Kasper Ulf Nielsen, executive partner of Reputation Institute. “People’s willingness to buy, recommend, work for and invest in a company is driven 60% by their perceptions of the company ... "
“Success really only comes when you nail one thing. … It requires honesty and clarity to focus, but that’s usually how businesses succeed,” says Aaron Levie, chief executive of file-sharing application Box.
One reason that Polaroid went out of business, says former Polaroid CEO Gary T. DiCamillo, is that the revenue it earned from film sales served as a blockade, preventing experimentation with new business models. Eventually, all successful companies run across this problem.
In a new examination of twin studies, Scott Shane, management professor at Case Western Reserve University, reveals a growing consensus that genes really do account for many of the differences between individuals—in business as well as the rest of life.

You can’t be everywhere at once, but you can keep your hand on the rudder. First, make sure your vision is clear and that your people are following it.

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