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.

Circles play a major role for any leader who strives to make ideas happen. For any like-minded professionals to function as a circle, says the founder and CEO of Behance, Scott Belsky, “there are some key success factors.”
Less-experienced individuals learn and grow faster under the tutelage of more seasoned professionals, who as mentors gain renewed enthusiasm for their careers. This adds up to improved recruitment, retention and promotion—and the bottom line—for your organization.
Top executives are less powerful than they used to be. Two decades ago, American CEOs struck heroic poses on the covers of business magazines and appointed buddies to their boards. Since the Enron debacle in 2001, change has come in several ways:

The Navy classified Larry Zeiger 4-F because of his bad eyes. His friends had all joined the service, so he was left behind, wandering aimlessly. The young man wanted to go into broadcasting. Zeiger finally landed a job as a radio disc jockey and a new name five minutes before the show: Larry King.

With employment litigation rising steadily, the employee handbook has become an essential tool in the employer’s arsenal to defend against liability for employment decisions. A good handbook tells employees what the rules are and how they will be enforced ...

Having a Plan B is what saved Bill Gantz’s pharmaceutical giant Baxter Corp. With Plan B in his back pocket, Gantz saved his company and sold it to Chiron Novartis for $720 million.
Different employees crave different things from their managers. Here’s practical advice you can give the bosses in your organization. You’ll help them focus on the managerial qualities that matter most to employees—and forget about the window dressing workers don’t care about.

Problem: Despite his dependability, intelligence and technical ability, you know Jason lacks the leadership and initiative to become a supervisor. Trouble is, the buzz around the office is that Jason has it locked up. What would you do?

In the old days, you may have gotten ahead of the competition by working more hours. But there are only 24 hours in a day. Solution: Work fewer hours; take more intellectual risks.
Guitar hero Brad Paisley admits that he sometimes finds it hard to relate to young musicians who move to Nashville primarily for fame and fortune. “As I’ve come to understand it, making music isn’t about competition,” he says. “It’s about collaboration. I am a player. And I play with people, not against them.”