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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There’s a big misconception out there about what makes a great CEO.
Like pesky ants, demotivators can infest your workplace and prove hard to eliminate. They rarely disappear on their own, which means you must take steps to root them out.
Rather than wait every six months or year to schedule a meeting in which you and the employee complete a two- or three-page form, establish an ongoing mechanism for providing helpful feedback.
When you’re checking on an employee’s progress, phrase your remarks so that you assume he’s doing fine.
Get them thinking and contributing by asking, “Has anyone found a really effective way to...?”
When a snafu strikes, blame can take on a life all its own. Your job as manager is to redirect everyone’s attention away from pointing fingers so that employees can extract positive lessons from the experience.
You may think only movie stars, talk show hosts and hotshot trial lawyers have charisma. But anyone can radiate the kind of energy that generates awe and respect in others.
So much for loyalty to a single employer.
If you manage someone who’s emotionally volatile and high strung, pay attention to how your personality reacts to theirs.
When interviewing job candidates, beware of giving too much weight to factors such as race, cultural background, age, level of education, religion and so on.
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