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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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Add a little extra assurance when assigning an important project
Use e-mail as Bill Gates does: to flatten the hierarchy in your department or organization.
Don’t fall back on excuses— someone hasn’t returned a call or provided some data you need—for not finishing something.
Resist the temptation to keep people who hate each other from working together.
Many historians now agree that the late Pope John Paul II was a powerful force behind the fall of communism.
In his later years, Winston Churchill napped every afternoon, leaving these instructions: “Wake me only in the event of a crisis. I define a crisis to be the armed invasion of the British Isles.” The point: Leaders know the difference between a crisis and a routine setback. Do you?
When you occupy the dark-horse position, how can you beat the front-runner? Be quiet, consistent and stick to your message. That’s exactly how Woodrow Wilson won the 1918 Democratic presidential nomination.
Here’s a lesson from John F. Kennedy on how to press on through the din of detractors:
Marie Curie overcame gender bias, poor working conditions, scandal— even a World War—to become one of the most important scientists of the 20th century. Here are a few lessons to take from her struggle:
We’ve all done it: One of your prime people has tentatively accepted another job, so you make a higher counteroffer. Recent research indicates that you might be wasting your time … and money. “Such initiatives rarely are successful,” says management consulting firm Accenture. Prevent people from wanting to leave in the first place by applying these tactics:
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