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.

It's not that hard for an apparently solid team to break apart into a collection of cliques. Here's how you can stop this problem before it starts:
Issue: Learn the top brass's priorities, and then match them up with your HR projects.
Benefit: By showing how your work helps the big bosses meet their goals, you become ...
Until a few months ago, you and your team were on great terms—very cooperative and mutually motivated. In recent weeks that closeness has begun to evaporate ...
Issue: You often need people to act or decide quickly, even if they don't report to you.
Risk: When people avoid making decisions, it can slow you down and reflect ...
Issue: OSHA "dramatically" increased the number of its most serious kind of violations that it handed out in 2004.
Risk: Negative inspection results can trigger big fines and sales-killing publicity. ...
Job reviews shouldn’t be paper-moving programs that return zero value. Here are five symptoms that warn of trouble in a supervisor’s appraisal process, according to Joan Rennekamp, HR pro at the Denver law firm of Rothgerber, Johnson & Lyons: 1. Employees are unpleasantly surprised by the ratings. Performance appraisals shouldn’t contain surprises. They should be […]
Last week, your right-hand person lost a million-dollar account, apparently because he failed to follow up after a customer complained. Do you forgive him or show him the door?
It wasn’t Babe Ruth’s ghost that the Boston Red Sox had to overcome. It was the curse of bad management.
Every leader absorbs important lessons that propel him or her from follower to leader. Here are nuggets of wisdom that several celebrities say helped them reach the top:
Thomas Edison wanted smart, practical men to help run his empire of inventiveness. (As far as we know, he never hired a woman.) So, he devised a test to measure each applicant’s breadth of reading and knowledge.