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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Tap into the young minds on your staff
Ask your vendors to tell you how they can charge you less.
New findings suggest that close-knit teams are often less competitive than teams in which camaraderie is weak. Sociologists at the University of California and elsewhere see some compelling reasons why friendly teams finish last:
Harvard University President Lawrence Summers provides a lesson in what not to do as a leader: alienate your people by telling them they’re probably not genetically equipped to do their jobs.
Lorraine Monroe’s life changed when a teacher encouraged her to run for student office in the fourth grade. That began what was to become Monroe’s lifelong affinity for leadership roles.
Steve Demos, who once practiced Buddhism in a cave, started making tofu in a bathtub and selling it at his tai chi class about 20 years ago. By 2001, his organic food company boasted the nation’s best-selling soy milk: Silk.
Anybody can excel at the tasks they love. People who rise to the top also excel at what they don’t love.
Here’s the “doom loop” for new products: You’re out of touch with consumers. Your new-products people are tucked so far away in the organization that they wind up obsessing over technical problems and never seeing firsthand what customers want. Take these steps to avoid doom:
By now, you’re probably sick of the wretched saga at Disney. Be that as it may, court testimony about the mess still offers lessons about precisely how not to confer and administer authority.
Here are the top five smartest books on leadership, as chosen by Fortune magazine:
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