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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Bill Kanarick has always enjoyed asking questions—and it has served him well. He’s senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Sapient Corp., a global services company based in ­Boston.
“As business leaders, we do a really good job of telling people what they do wrong, and a really bad job at telling them what they do right,” says Bill Sims, author of the new book Green Beans & Ice Cream.
For many leaders, motivation means pumping people up to achieve a big goal within a tight time frame. Lorne Michaels, creator of "Saturday Night Live," and his team face a hard deadline every six days.
Mike Figliuolo writes that he gained some of his vast leadership knowledge from his mom. Here are three favorites from the founder and managing director of thoughtLEADERS.
When Brian Cornell became CEO of Sam’s Club in 2009, he had just spent a successful two years as CEO of Michaels Stores, an arts and crafts retail chain. But he had never run a membership warehouse company like Sam’s Club, a unit of Walmart ...
You can create a culture where people are happy and engaged—and still meet your performance goals and quotas. Follow this advice:
An inability to let go of minutiae cuts dramatically into your productivity and your staff’s productivity. Is micromanagement impeding your progress? Answer “Yes” or “No” to the following questions:
When is the best time to tell employees that their performance doesn’t meet your expectations? As soon as you notice problems.
Employees usually see tickets to sports and entertainment events or gift certificates as great rewards. Make those rewards even more meaningful by including employees’ significant others in the fun.
Some new employees have a hard time when they join a tight-knit team. If one of your new employees has a hard time fitting in, follow this advice:
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