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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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In an exclusive interview with Executive Leadership, executive coach Debra Benton, author of How to Think Like a CEO (Warner Books), identified these six common behaviors as career-killers:
For the moment, forget your notions about career planning. Instead, fill in the following six statements to begin drafting your first annual career report:
It’s true that Reagan didn’t “do” as much as John Kennedy or Richard Nixon. Those presidents wanted to know and control as much as they could, and they obsessed about what people thought of them. Reagan didn’t care about that stuff. More than “do” things himself, he persuaded others to do them for him. He led them.
In some ways, Coretta Scott King fit the ideal of a traditional wife and mother. Former U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young remembers when he was an aide to her husband, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and the civil rights leader would bring home 15 people. “She’d get up and cook breakfast and never make a fuss,”Young says of Mrs. King. “I never heard her complain about anything.” But reminiscences like that hide the woman’s true leadership.
What should you do when an employee gives you two weeks' notice? Help write a happy ending with these steps:
Finding the best thing to do or say when you're really mad is often difficult. To see how what you do and say add up, rate yourself.
Your newest team member, Sharon, generally does a good job of keeping the work flowing in her area. But of course, nobody's perfect ...
Studies show that nearly all the time most managers spent on "people work" is divided between their best performers and their worst ones. The people in the mid­dle end up fending for themselves. Though difficult to avoid entirely, the problems that complicate the management of the work of average performers can be resolved.
You've called your top team mem­bers into your office and asked them to coordinate a special project. It's a new sort of task for them, unlike your team's typical work, and they're unsure where to begin. Help them develop their project management skills by sharing with them these 10 key steps.
Everybody wants to be creative, right? Here are some tips for bringing out creativity in yourself and your team:
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