Leaders & Managers

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Laying out goals

by on January 1, 2004 2:00pm
in Leaders & Managers

Research suggests that few employees understand their organization’s goals, so it’s your job to lay them out and draw a clear line from strategy to action.

Sooner or later, you’ll find yourself presented with a project—or an opportunity— that outstrips your in-house capabilities. That’s when it makes sense to join forces with another organization. But entering into a joint venture when you should agree to a strategic alliance (or vice versa) could lead to disaster.
High principle in business is in high fashion at the moment. But does it really work?

Sir Ernest Shackleton never did get to walk across the South Pole. The explorer’s huge ego had betrayed him when he set off for Antarctica in the dead of winter, despite warnings. Instead, in January 1915, ice trapped his ship, Endurance, within sight of the goal. In October, the crew abandoned ship, and as they camped on an ice floe, the Endurance sank.

If you’ve taken the trendy paths to “manage” the knowledge within your team or organization, give up. The corporate knowledge-management model has gone bust, largely because it’s based on a publishing model: Somebody extracts information from people and puts it in writing.

This is the story of a manager who saw a problem in his company’s purchasing process.

You may think of them as “merely vices,” but succumbing to even one of the seven deadly sins can cripple your ability to lead.

All team leaders set long-term goals and objectives for the group.
Changing an employee's problem behavior is always a challenge, but it's almost impossible if we resort to disciplinary action before understanding the problem. Take this quiz and find out how quickly you turn to discipline — and if that's too quickly.
As the economy slowly rebounds, many managers are getting ready to do something they haven't done in a long time — hire new workers. Are you out of practice?