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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Sooner or later, you’ll find yourself presented with a project—or an opportunity— that outstrips your in-house capabilities. That’s when it makes sense to join forces with another organization. But entering into a joint venture when you should agree to a strategic alliance (or vice versa) could lead to disaster.
High principle in business is in high fashion at the moment. But does it really work?

Sir Ernest Shackleton never did get to walk across the South Pole. The explorer’s huge ego had betrayed him when he set off for Antarctica in the dead of winter, despite warnings. Instead, in January 1915, ice trapped his ship, Endurance, within sight of the goal. In October, the crew abandoned ship, and as they camped on an ice floe, the Endurance sank.

If you’ve taken the trendy paths to “manage” the knowledge within your team or organization, give up. The corporate knowledge-management model has gone bust, largely because it’s based on a publishing model: Somebody extracts information from people and puts it in writing.

You may think of them as “merely vices,” but succumbing to even one of the seven deadly sins can cripple your ability to lead.

All team leaders set long-term goals and objectives for the group.
Consider these two scenarios:
1. At the suggestion of a project manager, your organization starts an employee committee to provide workers a voice in safety issues. Management and the safety ...
Issue: Court ruling makes it easier to win defamation suits stemming from poor job references. Risk: Thousands of dollars in defamation claims. Action: Limit the number of people authorized ...
If you’re ever hauled into court to testify in a case against our organization, what you say, and how you say it, can sink our defense or make our arguments float. And don’t forget: More than your credibility as a manager may be on trial; you could be held personally liable for your actions, if […]
Issue: Firing someone who threatens a co-worker may be worth the risk of being sued for wrongful discharge. Risk: Wrongful-discharge claims versus serious injury or even death: Which would be ...
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