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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.

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Confederate Motorcycles founder Matt Chambers builds minimalist, high-tech motorcycles that sell for more than $55,000 and look like carbon-fiber robots. Here’s the manifesto-like mission statement Chambers wrote to whip his employees into a fanatical state of mind about his products:
Years ago, the head of a big accounting firm hired an executive coach on his own dime. He wanted the arrangement kept secret. When the coach told the executive that their work might take awhile, the exec wanted to know what that meant. Two weeks? The coach smiled.
Tom Peters loves employees who interrupt their bosses. He loves students who raise their hands at the “wrong” time. That’s because the management guru believes no assumption should go unchallenged and no strange idea should be dismissed or ignored. He praises leaders who have the guts to hire deviants and challenge the status quo.
In his methodical way, Arthur Berchin loves to win. As coach of this year’s academic decathlon team at William Howard Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Calif., Berchin in April led the school to its third national title. Here’s how Berchin does it:
Thanks to breakthroughs in neuroscience, we can better understand how the brain works … and help your team outgrow bad habits.
Upton Sinclair, best known for his muckraking books The Jungle and Oil!, had such a winning personality that he ran for governor of California in 1934. But it soon became apparent that what made “Uppy” a great man did not make him a great candidate for the Democratic Party.
You can learn vital leadership lessons from King Solomon, still considered one of the wisest men who ever lived. Here’s a sampling of Solomon’s advice:
Say you have seven direct-reports. Each one signs on to meet three important, attainable goals every quarter. If they hit their targets, four quarters will produce 84 major achievements.
Figure out your “center” as a leader, by answering these questions:
In 1992, Mike Schwartz walked into a Harley-Davidson dealership in Delaware … and learned that he’d have to wait a year and half for his bike. Convinced that he could do better, Schwartz told his wife: “I’m going to buy that place.” She knew he meant it.
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