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.

Maybe you’re not a number-cruncher, but that doesn’t mean you can ignore your company’s financial performance.
If you model workaholic behavior, you may push people too hard.
You’ll hate me for saying this. When companies like mine were downsizing like crazy a few years back, I loved it. I liked the way it jolted managers.
After seeing the movie Erin Brockovich, you think, “I manage someone like her.” These employees dress scantily, but not blatantly, in violation of company policy.
You’ve already told employees that office computers are the company’s property and they shouldn’t expect privacy when they send and receive e-mail.
When delegating team projects, identify concrete, measurable standards you’ll use to judge each employee’s performance.
As you prepare your budget, confront ambiguities head-on.
Make sure you and your team know which ratios or financial data matter to your business.
When criticizing, avoid “you.”
“It’s not my fault. It’s Jan’s fault.”