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.
Marvin Bower turned down an offer from billionaire Howard Hughes
because he didn’t think the eccentric businessman would listen to him.
In fact, walking away from money is precisely what helped build Bower’s
premier consulting firm, McKinsey & Co., from the time he joined
its founder in 1933. Why? Bower always used three guiding principles:
If your organization operates in a fast-changing industry, you face a
challenge within a challenge: The internal innovations you create must
jive with wider external changes … some of which are still unknown. Are you flying blind? Not really, because you can still innovate in a flexible way.
Use these eight strategies for avoiding the rookie mistakes new leaders often make:
Professional football teams are fairly evenly matched. What makes the difference between winners and losers is leadership. John C. Maxwell calls it the Law of the Edge, and it’s pretty powerful stuff.
“Ninety-nine percent of people, once they learn how to do something,
stop improving,” says K. Anders Ericsson, professor of psychology at
Florida State University and co-editor of Expert Performance in Sports.
“To go too far,” Confucius said, “is as bad as to fall short.” You can go too far with working hours. In fact, overwork can contaminate your career. Here’s how:
"Something is definitely wrong," Arnold said. "I can't put my finger on it, but morale in my department is way down right now. Can a whole group of people get depressed at the same time?"
You hang your coat on the rack and glance at your inbox. Sure enough, there's the product satisfaction survey Ishmael conducted for you. As you expected, it's an immaculately prepared report, neatly bound, with evidence of Ishmael's effort and expertise on every page. Unfortunately, it took two weeks of his time—far more than it's worth.
Successful leaders seek out the advice and experience of those they supervise and engage them in the decision-making process. Most employees clearly prefer participative leadership, but it isn't an easy skill to master. Here are some pointers to help you stay on track.
You can boost the skills of your workers through a time-tested approach: apprenticeship. This helps newer employees benefit from those who have valuable skills and experience to share.