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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Bob Lutz is one leader who knows how to break rules

Cooperation is fine, but sometimes, a leader has to come out ahead in oneon- one competition for a specific prize.

Laying out goals

by on January 1, 2004 2:00pm
in Leaders & Managers

Research suggests that few employees understand their organization’s goals, so it’s your job to lay them out and draw a clear line from strategy to action.

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.

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.
Every manager's dealt with demanding and unreasonable employees. But every manager's also dealt with workers whose demands are reasonable — but who are afraid to ask the boss (that's you) for what they need. Here are some ways you can help:
Changing an employee's problem behavior is always a challenge, but it's almost impossible if we resort to disciplinary action before understanding the problem. Take this quiz and find out how quickly you turn to discipline — and if that's too quickly.
As the economy slowly rebounds, many managers are getting ready to do something they haven't done in a long time — hire new workers. Are you out of practice?
Sabrina, one of your newer and younger but better workers, has been absent twice this winter. Neither time did she call to alert you, as the company's "snow day" policy requires. Now you're supposed to dock her a day's pay and put a counseling note in her personnel file. But you don't want to ...
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