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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Effective leaders often say they prefer to earn employees’ respect than to befriend them. The test comes when these bosses need to dish out criticism. To express criticism that sinks in, take these three steps.
Wake up meetings ... Fill a need ... Kill your darlings.
Savvy leaders induce compliance rather than demand it. To lead others in the right direction, articulate a clear goal and set a time­table for attaining it. Let the conversation unfold in three phases:
With every effective team, there comes a time when the person in charge can shift his or her focus from managing to coaching. The transition from manager to coach doesn’t have to be earthshaking, nor does it have to require additional work.
The holiday season is a perfect time to show your team members how much you value their hard work and dedication. Don’t despair if there’s no budget for presents or if company policy prohibits giving gifts.
In today’s trying economic times, falling short of your budget is nothing new for many managers. But how you react to it affects your success moving forward.
With 3.3 million American adults diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, the possibility exists that you may be managing someone struggling with the condition.
Being promoted to a new role or project is an exciting time in your career, particu­larly if the additional responsibility repre­sents a significant step forward. Nevertheless, increased power often means overwhelming pressure to perform. Here are four ways to deal with the feeling that you’re in over your head.

 

The biggest challenge for an organization is keeping its top talent. Times are changing and so are the attitudes of today’s worker. Here are the top 10 employee retention strategies:
If you’re a keen observer with sharp sensory perceptions, then you’re what Harvard psychology professor Ellen Langer calls “a mindful leader.” To increase your mindfulness, watch how ­others interact.
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