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.

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Strategic thinking might be hard to teach, but it’s easy to compose a memo that burnishes brilliant thinking.
“We use the names of the Old Testament characters Cain and Abel as a metaphor for the ongoing battle between cunning (Cain) and ability (Abel) in today’s workplace.”
If Hollywood made a movie about Ron Shaw’s life, they’d call it “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Boardroom.”
Keep setbacks in perspective.
An acquaintance refers to your boss as a pillar of integrity, although you suspect he may ‘cook the books.’
A Boston-based consultant, Smythe Dorward Lambert, asks its clients’ employees to evaluate management’s performance. A constant comment: The company says one thing and does another.
You want more allies at work, but you’re not a natural at making friends. Perhaps you’re too quiet, prickly or blunt.
Our CEO always tells us to speak up when we have great ideas. Well, I do. I’ve suggested three ideas that would improve our bottom line with minimal upfront cost. But management keeps blowing me off.
You give a great speech, only to fall apart during the Q&A. Unscripted interplay may cause you to stutter, misspeak and repeat yourself.
In the first few minutes of a meeting, everyone’s attentive. But as tough issues arise, participants might bicker, form cliques and ignore the facilitator.