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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Before Gordon Bethune joined Continental Airlines in 1994 as president and CEO, the airline had lost money in 12 of its previous 16 years. How could he begin to lead the company out of that kind of trouble?

When making the tough call about who receives a layoff notice (and defending that decision in court), rely on more than one evaluation tool.
Why? Overly rosy performance evaluations are ...
A 54-year-old supervisor's management duties were handed to a 48-year-old employee. The supervisor sued under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. A federal appeals court tossed out the case. Court's reason: ...
Would you think less highly of male applicants because they took leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)? Your first answer may be "No," but a new study suggests ...
Issue: Drafting a legally sound employment contract and avoiding "implied contract" claims.
Benefit/risk: While employment contracts can offer your organization additional legal rights, they also expose you to new legal ...
Issue: Resolving manager/employee disputes yourself can consume you. Benefit: Coaching employees to communicate more effectively with their managers will make them less dependent on you. Action: Learn coaching tips ...
Issue: This is prime office-pool season: the Super Bowl, followed by the NCAA basketball tournament. Risk: Betting pools can sap productivity, but the real danger comes from compulsive gamblers on ...
Issue: Poorly managed disability-management programs and rising costs can reduce your organization's profits. Benefit: By making disability programs more efficient, you boost the bottom line and your stature in the ...
Issue: In this election year, politics will become a hot topic around the water cooler.
Risk: Retaliating against employees for their off-site political activities or comments can run you into ...
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