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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When Dominic, your manager, calls you into his office with that "serious" expression on his face, you can't imagine what's up. "Are you aware that Wanda has been seeing Blaine socially?" Blaine had been your team's shining star for more than five years before leaving six months ago ...

When good workers seem to be simply going through the motions, it may be because they're riding on the career merry-go-round—wanting to try something new, but unable to get away from what they're already doing. Here are some questions to ask them:
Federal law says you must accommodate employees' religious practices or beliefs unless doing so would cause an undue hardship on the employer.
The key question: What's considered an "undue hardship" ...

Despite the chummy-sounding acronym, PALs (short for passive-activity losses) are anything but friendly to taxpayers, particularly those who invest in real estate. Fortunately, you can gain more tax saving value from your PALs with some astute tax planning.

The word is out on REITs. These investments aren't as desirable for your taxable brokerage-firm accounts anymore because of the income tax repercussions. (They're fine for tax-advantaged retirement accounts.) But the word on the street doesn't give you the whole picture.

Draft your next presentation quickly and easily.
Convert your random thoughts into action points with a computerized journal.
Here’s a process for making ethical decisions. Run through this work sheet if you ever feel queasy about the path you or your organization is about to take.
Wegmans Food Markets recently clinched the #1 spot on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, after making the list eight times in the past. It turns out that Robert Wegman’s success comes from a renegade philosophy, applied consistently for more than five decades: “Employees come first, customers come second.”
Maybe you’d prefer not to compete, compete, compete. That’s what Alexandra McGilloway decided, so her business model is based on collaboration and complementary products rather than competition. In 14 years, East West has become the largest spiritual bookstore in the Northwest. Last year, it took in $1.7 million, about 5 percent more than in 2003.