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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Stay ahead of the competition by discarding the old rule of success
Expose potentially disruptive team behavior by watching how prospective team members play
Help your people escape from job stressors by moving problem-solving conversations from the person’s work area to yours.
Confederate Motorcycles founder Matt Chambers builds minimalist, high-tech motorcycles that sell for more than $55,000 and look like carbon-fiber robots. Here’s the manifesto-like mission statement Chambers wrote to whip his employees into a fanatical state of mind about his products:
Years ago, the head of a big accounting firm hired an executive coach on his own dime. He wanted the arrangement kept secret. When the coach told the executive that their work might take awhile, the exec wanted to know what that meant. Two weeks? The coach smiled.
These days, “nice” is a leadership tool, especially in light of Enron-style accounting, vanishing pensions, quarter-billion-dollar executive pay packages and bloggers eager to report what it’s like to work at your organization. “Positive energy is the Holy Grail of business right now,” notes University of Michigan professor Kim Cameron.
Tom Peters loves employees who interrupt their bosses. He loves students who raise their hands at the “wrong” time. That’s because the management guru believes no assumption should go unchallenged and no strange idea should be dismissed or ignored. He praises leaders who have the guts to hire deviants and challenge the status quo.
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.
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