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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.

Diplomacy is a quality that can help front-line managers be more effective — and get ahead. How diplomatic are you? Take this quiz and find out:
Noncompete agreements are easier signed than enforced. So your noncompete restrictions must give the person a "reasonable opportunity" to pursue a livelihood in his or her chosen field.
What's considered ...
"The ability to think and act on your feet. The talent to respond to changing circumstances. The facility to change circumstances to fit needs. Superior idea generation and brainstorming skills. Speed and flexibility in crisis management. Spontaneity ... " Does this sound like a recipe for your team's success?
You know what they say about good intentions. As the following case shows, if your anti-harassment efforts are seen as an attempt to squash a union-organizing bid, you could be slapped ...
Many managers wince at integrating contingent workers into teams with "real" employees. But there's no reason why contingent workers should contribute any less to your team's success than any other employees.
It's a fact that many employers are just now coming to realize: Hip-hopping employees downloading tunes from the Internet can expose your organization to legal problems, not to mention sapping your ...

"That's the last straw. You're fired."

You may have said those words yourself, but unless you've correctly documented the fired employee's "earlier straws," you may be opening up yourself for a lawsuit.

Maintaining a performance file or log may sound time-consuming, but the time is well worth it at the end of an employee's review period. Rather than relying on memory, you can refer to a long list of concrete examples. Evaluating performance becomes as easy as adding up the numbers.

Merchandise motivates sales staff more than cash because it offers "trophy value," a constant reminder of the achievement, says a new Incentive Federation survey of executives from small and large businesses.

Manufacturing companies welcomed news last month that the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) plans to thoroughly review and modernize the rules that regulate manufacturing.