People Management

With some employees, it isn’t a matter of ability, it’s a matter of attitude. And while you can’t control someone’s horrible personality, you can decide how you’re going to respond. Use these scripts and strategies to confront problem employees and effectively manage employee discipline so you can bring motivating back to the forefront of your workday.

The first rule of people management is not to let one bad apple spoil your whole bunch. Difficult people can put a strain on the productive members of your team.

Make the most of your human capital. Browse our articles on the good, the bad and the ugly of People Management…

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HR Capitalist Kris Dunn displays an “outlandish” handwritten note as an example of recruiting that catches top performers.
Before you address a roomful of employees, identify the main point you want to make, then figure out a memorable way to convey it. Consider how Jack Welch, GE’s former CEO, injected some drama speaking to his top managers. 

The armed forces rely on logistics, and so does Amazon. Over time, it dawned on the online retailer that the people so capably running its 34 warehouses have a military “bias for action” as well as hands-on experience in moving stuff around.

As a leader you can tell people what to do. But barking orders rarely endears you to your team. A better way to instruct and inspire staffers is to share personal anecdotes.
Top executives often take up hobbies such as golf and sailing. But Mark Hellerstein is probably the only CEO who is also a professional ventriloquist. Hellerstein served as chief executive of St. Mary Land & Exploration Co. from 1995 to 2007. During that time, the oil and gas firm—now known as SM Energy Co.—grew from an $80 million private company to a $2.5 billion public company.
More than 40 percent of cancer cases occur in people of working age (18–65), and research shows that about 80 percent of people with cancer return to work after diagnosis.
A team member's departure offers a valuable opportunity to see how well the team is working and what might be done to improve conditions for future employees.

Famous for his antics and showmanship, Major League Baseball owner Bill Veeck made an indelible impression with his generosity and fairness. Here’s a lesson from Veeck about what to do when you’ve made the wrong hire.

Strong leaders create a safe, secure environment so that staffers can test the bounds of their fears and break through them. Here’s how top executives drive exceptional performance.

An intriguing aspect of leaders is how often they fail to appreciate how unusual they are. Even if you carry a powerful understanding of your team’s mission, don’t assume that everyone around shares your drive or your goals.

 

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