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.

If you’re buried in paperwork, alert your employees not to copy you in on everything.
You manage a rebel. You’ve tried pleading, snarling, growling and screaming. Before you give in or head down the probation-termination route, try more subtle ways to gain control.

Reward longevity

by on October 1, 1999 12:00am
in Leaders & Managers

Besides money, rewards can take the form of trips, additional training, more responsibility, new titles or new surroundings, such as a larger office.
On the first page of John P. Kotter on What Leaders Really Do (Harvard Business School Press, 1999), the author declares that “most organizations today lack the leadership they need.” He then fills 170 pages with insights into how to solve this problem.
When you terminate employees, make every effort to minimize their embarrassment.
If you’re a team leader who needs to coordinate a group’s activities and meeting times, save yourself hours of hassles by logging online.
Do you treat staff meetings as a chore or as a chance to share ideas?
Q. There’s a professional designation that some people in my industry earn to win promotions into upper management. But it’s a two-year commitment and I’m not sure I need it to move up. Should I bother?
Q. I’ve worked here one year, and I’m struck by the poor quality of management. Is this enough of a reason to leave?
When you claw your way ahead, you’ve got to act like you’re above it all. You can’t let on that you care what your co-workers say about you or do to you. Radiate a low-key intensity so that people underestimate you rather than root for you to fall on your face.