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.

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In his methodical way, Arthur Berchin loves to win. As coach of this year’s academic decathlon team at William Howard Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Calif., Berchin in April led the school to its third national title. Here’s how Berchin does it:
Thanks to breakthroughs in neuroscience, we can better understand how the brain works … and help your team outgrow bad habits.
Upton Sinclair, best known for his muckraking books The Jungle and Oil!, had such a winning personality that he ran for governor of California in 1934. But it soon became apparent that what made “Uppy” a great man did not make him a great candidate for the Democratic Party.
You can learn vital leadership lessons from King Solomon, still considered one of the wisest men who ever lived. Here’s a sampling of Solomon’s advice:
Say you have seven direct-reports. Each one signs on to meet three important, attainable goals every quarter. If they hit their targets, four quarters will produce 84 major achievements.
John F. Kennedy had many advantages when he first ran for elected office in 1946, including money, charm, wit and good looks. But Kennedy also decided to buck the status quo. His approach raised him to national prominence.
Figure out your “center” as a leader, by answering these questions:
In 1992, Mike Schwartz walked into a Harley-Davidson dealership in Delaware … and learned that he’d have to wait a year and half for his bike. Convinced that he could do better, Schwartz told his wife: “I’m going to buy that place.” She knew he meant it.
Think of the last time one of your people criticized you. Perhaps it was only implied, but you got the idea. Read these four constructive responses.
When envy, gossip or revenge get going, it doesn't take long for a harmonious team to turn into a miserable crew. Make sure you're not contribut­ing to such problems by playing favor­ites unknowingly.
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