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Situational leadership changes depending on the type of leadership (direction and support) each of your employee’s needs. Emotional leadership is based more on the theory of emotional intelligences and relates to the situation at hand.
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Watch “American Idol” for only 10 minutes and you’ll understand what makes the three judges tick. Each owns a classic leadership style with its own strengths and weaknesses. Here’s what we mean:
In his book Don't Oil the Squeaky Wheel, Wolf Rinke debunks management myths and offers counterintuitive strategies to lead readers toward "contrarian leadership."
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After studying ancient Greek drama masterpieces, the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) concluded that great accomplishments come from people who can think in two distinct ways at the same time:
The U.S. government is funneling more money than ever to small businesses.
Many managers wince at integrating contingent workers into teams with "real" employees. But there's no reason why contingent workers should contribute any less to your team's success than any other employees.
As a college president, Leo Higdon is seeing higher education absorb some of the same pressures that have slammed business, from the shortened tenures of its leaders to some unprecedented financial pressures.
In both large and small ways, we expect our teams to behave ethically. That's the easy part; the hard part is knowing how to respond to the many ethical questions and challenges we face.
Ask most employees in industry what makes a great executive and they’re
likely to say, “He or she should be able to do everyone’s job, only
better” or “Our leaders should know more about our business than anyone
To round out your qualifications as a leader, you can fix almost any
personal defect. Proof: Citigroup executive and former U.S. Treasury
Secretary Robert Rubin.
Issue: Resolving manager/employee disputes yourself can consume you. Benefit: Coaching employees to communicate more effectively with their managers will make them less dependent on you. Action: Learn coaching tips ...
"It's a fact of business life," writes professional speaker, consultant, and customer-service expert Peggy Morrow. "To keep your competitive edge, you must be constantly upgrading the quality of the service you offer." That's true regardless of what kind of "customer" you have or what kind of "service" you provide.
Most states operate on a fiscal year that ends June 30, so state agency buyers typically crank up their spending in the late winter and spring. In many cases, they'll spend unused funds in their budget to justify the same or higher funding for next year.
You’ve analyzed the data and completed the forms. Now you need to meet with the employee. While this is the part of performance reviews most managers dread, the session doesn’t have to be tense or uncomfortable. It can be a productive, enlightening and morale-boosting exchange. The key is to go into the review interview fully […]
Issue: As outsourcing grows and gains popularity, you need to prove your value to the organization.
Benefit: Protect your job and build a reputation as a "big-picture" ...
During a merger or acquisition, senior executives typically huddle
behind closed doors trying to produce synergy in the combined company.
Meanwhile, front-line managers try to keep good employees from
quitting, while promoting teamwork among shellshocked workers.
In the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, it’s futile to think we’ll resume our business-as-usual lives. We won’t. At least not yet.
Try this: Tell your employees what’s expected of them and give them the opportunity to do what they do best every day.
Strategic thinking might be hard to teach, but it’s easy to compose a memo that burnishes brilliant thinking.
When we ask Working Smart
readers what challenges they face as managers, the issue of moving from
a hands-on doer to a delegating leader often vexes them.