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.

New Zealand is studying how to turn its scientists into business leaders who can take their innovations to international markets. In interviews with 31 business leaders, a government sponsored study found these transition points in the path of a leader:
Issue: If your organization offers a retirement plan, it has a legal responsibility for those accounts. Risk: A rash of financial and employee benefit scandals has sparked new legal and ...
You often hear that “Perfect is the enemy of the good,” and that “good enough is good enough.” But perfectionism does have its place.
Issue: Competition remains tight among 401(k) providers, federal scrutiny is rising, and the stock market is trending up. Benefit: You'll enjoy improved negotiating clout ...
"Where are those slides for the Veblen proposal?" "I think they're on Martin's desk." Everything in your office seems to end up on Martin's desk, because Martin's never at his desk. He's been telecommuting for six months — but most of the time, you're not sure where he is.
Issue: Some supervisors believe in a "No complaints, no problem" motto. Risk: By ignoring blatant harassment or discrimination, supervisors open the organization to "negligent supervision" lawsuits. Action: Educate supervisors ...
Are your team members feeling hot under the collar? Experts tell us there are more than 1.5 million incidents of anger-related workplace violence in the U.S. each year — and the number's growing.
Issue: Noncompete agreements are more easily signed than enforced. Risk: One sure way to crush your noncompete's legality is to include overly restrictive time and geographical limits. Action: Make ...
Suspecting that an employee's performance is suffering due to personal problems is one of the toughest situations a supervisor can face. Here's some advice that can help:
You may have heard that the federal government rewrote the rules in 2004 that define which white-collar employees are eligible to earn overtime pay. Here’s a primer to help you answer employees’ questions: The nation’s main wage law, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), says employees who work more than 40 hours in a workweek [...]