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.

Some ideas on getting candid feedback: To verify whether you’re hearing the truth, put mechanisms in place such as ombudsmen, hotlines and surveys. To encourage open dialogue, have lunch with small groups of employees ...

The chief purveyor of hip-hop culture saw opportunity everywhere, even in the earliest days of rap. “You’d be happy to work with somebody,” he says, “but nobody wanted to work with you.” Since then, Simmons has made millions launching businesses nobody else believed in across media, fashion and banking, all catering to an underserved market.

The worst thing you can say to a CEO is "You'd better read this" and hand over a big, thick document. I expect you to summarize it for me and highlight what's most important. I'm paid to make hard decisions; I need my managers to crystallize those decisions for me and give me a bal­anced, well-reasoned interpretation.

Most HR professionals assume that a warning letter isn’t an adverse employment action and there­­fore can’t be the basis for a lawsuit. And that’s largely true. But if the warning letter also mentions restrictions on how well the employee will be rated at evaluation time, there may be trouble.

The argument rages as to whether big or small companies are better catalysts for innovation. Economist Joseph Schumpeter argued both sides, saying in 1909 that small companies were more inventive, but in 1942 that big firms have more incentive to invest in new products because they can scale up quickly to big demand.

Ever notice how you can say the same exact thing to two different people, and they each take the comment completely differently? The best managers know how to give feedback to different employees. Here are nine personality types and how to handle them:

Question: What do you think will happen if a manager suggests that a female sub­­­­ordinate put on a bathing suit to attract new customers?

We all can’t be the perfect project manager, but we can evaluate our own strengths and weaknesses against many of the qualities of great project managers. Use the following summary of those best-practices traits and qualities to rank your skills as a project manager.

Margaret Brent was not only the first woman to act as an attorney in the New World, but she was the first private owner of immense tracts of land in Maryland and Virginia and is best known as the first woman in America to ask for the right to vote.

Learning faster than your competitors can lead to a competitive advantage. So can changing faster than your competitors. What you learn has to be translated into change. And that suggests a continuous feedback loop of perceiving and change.