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.
When John H. Slade died, one obituary made a telling error in saying that he
had worked at Bear Stearns for “seven centuries.” Actually, it was only
Using the “do first” approach, you and your team spend very little time
defining the problem you’re facing. You simply decide on one or two
first steps and move ahead with them.
For a while now, General Electric’s top dogs have been studying
companies they admire, like Dell and Toyota, seeing how they do things
and trying to figure out exactly what propels them to the leading edge. The GE group settled on five “growth leadership traits” common to all of those top companies … and copied them, of course.
Somebody who’s shown no creative spark in 20 years is not going to
light up after a seminar. Instead, says Transmeta founder and Bell Labs
alumnus Dave Ditzel, you need talent spotters.
One of the greatest orators of the 20th century focused on his
audience’s viewpoint, used rat-a-tat repetition, then switched tone to
add power to his speeches. In March 1968, the Rev. Martin Luther
King Jr. addressed a church full of striking black sanitation workers
in Memphis after police had attacked them with truncheons and mace. Study these examples for some basic training on improving your delivery:
Everyone solves problems differently, but experts feel most of us share certain problem-solving styles. Take this quiz and gain some insight into how you approach the challenges you face at work.
Here are some ideas to curb unnecessary absenteeism.
While business ethics have become a watchword of this decade, many enterprises still haven't gotten around to establishing ethical guidelines—or helping managers understand how to apply them day to day.
What do you do with company vehicles coming off their leases? Many employers now sell them to employees, a move that’s trending upward thanks to some attractive financial benefits and a new breed of technology to help manage the process.
If your small business operates more than one vehicle, chances are that you now (or will eventually) spend too much time managing the related maintenance and paperwork. An increasingly smart solution: Look into fleet-management services, which are no longer just for big businesses thanks to technology advances.