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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Keep your team’s production high by determining why you’ve stopped assigning important projects to certain people.
Make your job easier by finding out what personal and professional goals drive your people.
Baby boomers knew Frank Perdue by his advertising slogan: “It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken.” The guy even looked like a chicken. Frank Perdue really believed his chickens were better than anybody else’s. And he made sure they were.
The beauty of no-fault auto insurance is that everybody shoulders some of the responsibility and takes care of their own damage. Nobody wastes time pointing fingers. Nobody has to hire lawyers or sue. They exchange information, file claims and what’s broken is fixed. The same goes for leading any enterprise.
Induce people to buy into a detailed plan by boiling it down into digestible bits. Here’s how:
Conventional wisdom holds that most leaders were “C” students. If that’s true, then they should pay attention to what the “A” students are saying.
Without benefit of education or connections, Clarence Avant used mentors to climb to the top of the pop music business … and then became a mentor himself.
Davy Crockett—an amazing hunter and scout who became a judge, colonel, state legislator, U.S. congressman, character and wag—exuded leadership in his own, homespun way.
Charles Schwab brought his brokerage firm back from the brink of disaster by delivering a simple message to his customers: “This investing thing is hard … but we’re here to help.”
Some leaders have only one dimension, that one thing making them great. Others distinguish themselves by excelling in various forums. Among the second type: Agnes Varis, owner and chief executive of a generic drug company but also a political activist, arts patron and mentor.
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