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.

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Hopefully, reading about multimillion-dollar lawsuit verdicts has motivated you to implement anti-harassment and discrimination employee training. But how good is the training you're giving? It's a question worth asking.
Reason: ...
Issue: If you uncover an employee's performance problems while she's on FMLA leave, can you fire her?
Risk: Firing may be legal in some cases, but it will likely prompt ...
Issue: Take control of your department's image by creating a consistent internal marketing message.
Benefit: When done well, such branding raises your profile with execs and the rank and file, ...
?'Winging it' during interviews poses double danger
Using unstructured, "tell me about yourself" questions during
job interviews not only opens you to discrimination claims, it often results in poor ...

Do your aging parents live in a home that's soared in value? Chances are, they've paid off the house, so they're not claiming mortgage interest deductions anymore. Even if they still deduct mortgage interest, they're probably in a low tax bracket now, so those deductions don't do much good anyway.

Here is an abbreviated version of five practices that lay out the leader’s path:
Tracy Rode always tries hard to comply with a client’s need for speed, even if it means unrealistic deadlines under near-impossible circumstances. Her particular challenge—and that of her company, Vision3 Interactive in Nashville, Tenn.—is that online technology is evolving so fast that it’s hard enough to keep up with technological advances without over-the-top customer demands.
Great leaders generally view fighting as a last resort. But most of them will fight, and fight furiously, once an adversary has pushed them to a point of no return. How do great leaders handle fighting, and how should you? Find some clues in the battle styles of these great presidents:
Take two guys who’ve made it a big part of their “value proposition” to hire military veterans, and you’ve got the basic leadership philosophy at Home Depot. Vets are mature, disciplined leaders, says HR chief Dennis Donovan.
At age 30, Dave Haynes has worked his way up from mowing lawns, driving a bus and supervising water safety to become an international sales rep for Federal Express. Now, he’s exploited his longtime status as a “grunt” in The Peon Book, a new guide for clueless bosses who forget what it’s like on the front lines. Haynes always thought business books “don’t ever give it to managers straight,” so, he wrote one himself. Some Peon highlights: