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.

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Workplace drug testing's popularity has gradually fallen since peaking in 1996, when 81 percent of employers surveyed by the American Management Association (AMA) said they tested. By 2004, that percentage had ...
Some people are born leaders, but all of us can develop our competencies and be better leaders. To help identify your obstacles to leadership, answer "Yes" or "No" to the following statements:
As a hands-on manager, you're in the perfect position to fight boredom at work. This means you can head off the mistakes, missed opportunities, absenteeism and turnover that result when work becomes too routine. Here are some techniques to try:
If your people feel overworked, does it matter? And what can you do about it? The answers are "yes" and "more than you may think." Some insights and ideas:

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.

Convert your random thoughts into action points with a computerized journal.
Draft your next presentation quickly and easily.
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.”
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