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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Intelligent leaders don’t know everything. But they’re smart enough to ask the right questions. Posing sharp inquiries elevates your team’s thinking. Here are four simple ones that effective leaders ask their colleagues.
Career development appears at the top of many lists. Unfortunately, the lists tend to be focused on what employees desperately want but are not getting from their managers.

You probably wouldn’t be where you are professionally if it weren’t for an attentive boss who took an interest and recognized your special talents. Now it’s time to pass that favor along by recognizing and cultivating talent among your own employees. Here’s how:

With some 1.5 million Americans affected by Parkinson’s disease and about 60,000 new cases diagnosed each year, chances are you may manage someone with this motor system disorder during your career.
Because unemployment figures remain high, many employees stay put even if they dislike their jobs. If you manage people who seem detached, take these steps to en­­gage employees so they don’t sit and stew:

At Pixar, the people who make the products run the show. The home of “Toy Story,” “Cars,” “Finding Nemo” and “Monsters Inc.,” builds stories from the ground up, putting faith in its employees.

To engage in effective coaching, you need to uncover the core issue to address. Otherwise, you’ll advise em­­ployees on extraneous matters while the most pressing issue gets ignored.
Effective leaders often say they prefer to earn employees’ respect than to befriend them. The test comes when these bosses need to dish out criticism. To express criticism that sinks in, take these three steps.
With every effective team, there comes a time when the person in charge can shift his or her focus from managing to coaching. The transition from manager to coach doesn’t have to be earthshaking, nor does it have to require additional work.
The holiday season is a perfect time to show your team members how much you value their hard work and dedication. Don’t despair if there’s no budget for presents or if company policy prohibits giving gifts.
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