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Mentoring Myths and Realities: Part Two, the Answer Key
How much do you know about mentoring? Take the quiz and check your answers to find out!
Mentoring Myths and Realities: Part One - Take the Test
How much do you know about mentoring? Take the Mentoring Myths and Realities quiz to find out!
Managing the Talent Pool
Managing the Talent Pool. A checklist to help you get IS, HR, Marketing, and Operations to work together to find the best talent.
Managing the Talent Pool (part 2)
Learn how to utilize all your options to find the best talent for your company. Page 2.
Leaving a Legacy: What you Can Learn from the Successes and Challenges of Others
What leaders can do today to help create a culture that allows their legacy to continue long after they are gone.
New Year's Business Resolutions vs. Goals
Define New Years' resolutions in business terms: set specific measurable goals and accomplish those goals for our business over the current year.
NDAs to Protect Your Intellectual Property
Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) exist to protect your intellectual property. This article describes an NDA, what it looks like, and how it works.
Managing Change in the Workplace
Managing change means managing people's fear. Change is natural and good, but people's reaction to change is unpredictable and irrational.
Career Paths in Management Roles
A management career path is not a straight line. Yet all management career paths have a starting point. All have milestones along the way.
Six Steps for Strengthening the Management of Your Business
A proper operating routine engages a firm's employees. Here are 6 ideas to help managers improve their firm's operating routine and results.
What Every Manager Must Know About Marketing
Learn which are the key marketing decisions faced by every organization and get insights into the priorities of today's marketing department.
What Effective Leaders Do to Feel Less Overwhelmed
This article offers guidance to help leaders reduce stress through a daily ritual of intention setting and reflection supported by four daily habits.
How to Make a To-Do List: Management Tips
Making a list of things to do is the first step to time management and getting organized, both in the workplace and in the rest of your life, as well.
Business Management Glossary of Terms A-Z
Glossary of Business Management Terms, an A to Z Dictionary of Management Terms, from John Reh your Guide to Management
Deep Expertise: Leadership Lessons from the Marine Corps
The U.S. Marine Corps teaches that deep expertise is essential for effective leadership. This article explores 3 principles we can apply in business.
The Key Skills and Abilities of Effective Managers
This article describes many of the key attributes and skills of effective managers. For those displaying these abilities, this can be a rewarding role
Ten Things to Do Today to Be a Better Manager
Becoming a better manager may seem like a daunting task. However, if you commit to these ten pieces of advice, you will reach your goal in no time.
8 Ideas to Help Your Employees Take Ownership of Change
Many firms struggle to overcome internal resistance to change. This article offers 8 ideas to help managers get employees involved leading change.
Organization Tips for a Stressful Work Life
Organize your work life and get clutter free. You will get more done, have less stress, be more efficient, and make more money. These tips tell you how.
Succeeding While Working for a Difficult Manager
Working for a demanding manager can be an unpleasant experience. This article offers 9 ideas to help you survive and thrive in this situation.
20 Common Traits Most Successful Senior Executives Share
Successful executives display a common set of high performance behaviors. This article offers the most observed attributes of great executives.
Improving Your Communications Skills
Interested in improving your communications skills? Here are the tips and tricks that will help you improve your communication skills and ability at work.
Metrics - Business Management Term Definition
Metrics in business are the measurements that management, investors and shareholders use to evaluate an organization's overall health and prospects.
The Benefits and Challenges of Matrix Management
Matrix management is a flexible approach to structuring teams and sharing resources. In a matrix system, an individual has multiple managers.
Project Scope - Management Glossary Definition
The project scope statement is a critical project planning document, detailing the customer requirements for features, cost, quality and time.
Getting a First Management Job
On your way to a management position? Follow these guidelines to ensure that you earn your first job as a manager without prior experience.
Overview and Examples of Benchmarking in Business
This article describes the importance of benchmarking to organizations and offers examples and ideas for initiating a benchmarking study. in your firm
Good Customer Service Is No Longer Enough
Good Customer Service Is No Longer Enough, Management Guide John Reh interviews communications expert Dianna Booher.
Good Customer Service Is No Longer Enough (cont.)
Check out this interview with communications expert Dianna Booher and learn why companies should start looking beyond good customer service and provide exceptional service. Page 2.
Tips for Successfully Managing a Merger
Merger mania is not going to go away so successful managers must learn how to manage through this turmoil. Learn about merger management.
Cost Benefit Analysis Description
Cost Benefit Analysis is a technique used to determine whether a planned action will turn out good or bad. Here is how a cost benefit analysis is done.
But Am I Making Any Money?
But Am I Making Any Money - skyrocketing sales are not any good unless you make a profit from each one.
But Am I Making Any Money? (part 2)
Make sure you know your break-even point so that your business can start turning a profit. Page 2.
Bowling as a Team Building Exercise
It's easy to build on the
Information on Team Building Strategies
Team building, more than team exercises and icebreakers it means building a sense of team in your people, helping them find the team in teamwork
Team Building Exercises and Icebreakers
Team building exercises and icebreakers can help build a sense of team in your people, helping them find the team in teamwork. Page 2.
Team Building Consultants
Team building exercises and icebreakers can help build a sense of team in your people, helping them find the team in teamwork. Here are some consultants if you need help. Page 3.
How to Read a Company's Income Statement
How to read an income statement is a description of the line items typically found in a company's income statement.
Golf as a Team Building Exercise
Team building exercises and icebreakers can help build a sense of team in your people, helping them find the team in teamwork. Golf or golfing works well, even with non-golfers.
Companies and employees should be more open to demotions, after giving them a new name, one without the negative connotations.
Inverse Promotions (cont.)
Need to demote an employee who performed better at their previous position? Consider an inverse promotion and keep everyone happy. Page 2.
Alternatives to Layoffs - Protecting Your Investments
Reducing the workforce has become an automatic response for companies who need to cut costs to look good for Wall Street. It's wrong. It's counter-productive. It should be a last resort, not a first choice for a skilled executive.
Alternatives to Layoffs, Restructuring Does Work
One of the most effective ways to cut costs without layoffs is to restructure the company's business beyond personnel. Find out more about how this works. Page 2.
Your Boss Is Watching You Electronically
More companies are monitoring their employees electronically. Why? What can you do about it?
Romance in the Office Can Lead to Marriage or a Lawsuit
Office romance is fairly common these days as we spend so much time at work, but it's important to know how to handle employee fraternization.
When the Right People Are in the Wrong Jobs
Are you in the right job -- for example, are you in a job for detail-oriented people if you are highly organized? Make sure you're in the right spot.
A Guide to Understanding the Role of a Mentor
A great mentor can play an important role in your career development. Here are ideas to help you understand and succeed in a mentoring relationship.
The Annual Performance Review - Maximize the Benefits
The Annual Performance Review is usually a waste of time. Here is how to maximize on the benefits to your career from this required time waster.
Basic Project Management
Project Management 101 outlines the four basic things a project manager must manage successfully: resources, time, money, and most importantly, scope.
What's Wrong With A Messy Desk?
When it comes to your work style, is a messy desk quote or a clean one the way to go? All that matters is that you maximize the efficiency of yours.
Lessons From The Best Leader I've Ever Known
When looking for what it means to be a good leader, sometimes the best examples are right in front of you. Read about Frank and what made him a great leader.
Lessons From The Best Leader I've Ever Know - Part 2
Leadership is making people want to move together in the same direction. Being a leader is very different than being the boss. Here's how to spot the difference. Page 2.
Organization Charts as a Management Tool
Read how Organization Charts can be effectively used as a Management Tool, not just a passive reflection of the way an organization has evolved.
Pareto Charts and Pareto Charting
A Pareto chart is used to graphically display the relative importance of groups or segments of data to identify which problems are most important.. Page 2.
The Toxic Boss Syndrome and How to Deal With It
A toxic boss can sap a company's spirit and hurt its bottom line. Here's how to spot them and deal with them from a management perspective.
Quick Management and Business Leadership Tips
Quick Management Tips on Leadership Business Management Personal Development Marketing Quality and More to Make You More Effective
Management Tips for Personal Development
Quick Management Tips on Leadership Business Management Personal Development Marketing Quality and More to Make You More Effective. Page 2.
Business Management Tips
Quick Management Tips on Leadership Business Management Personal Development Marketing Quality and More to Make You More Effective. Page 3.
Management Tips for Motivation
Quick Management Tips on Leadership Business Management Personal Development Marketing Quality and More to Make You More Effective. Page 4.
Marketing Management Tips
Check out this quick reference list for marketing management tips for the successful manager. Page 5.
Offshoring, smart business or shortsightedness?
Is offshoring a good business practice or is it a shortsighted cost-cutting move that will prove disastrous?
Offshoring, smart business or shortsightedness?
Is offshoring, the practice of sending jobs to other countries where the work can be done more cheaply, a good business practice, a smart way to reduce costs, or is it a shortsighted cost cutting move that ultimately will prove disastrous? Page 2.
Work-Life Balance and Juggling Glass and Rubber Balls
To many, striving for work-life balance is important. It is easy to lose track or overlook life's true priorities in our rush to navigate our careers.
How to Innovate in Business - Introduction
Innovation is essential to business success. Learn how to innovate in business in six steps.
Understanding Key Driver Analysis and Chart Reports
Key driver analysis tells you what is most important to your customers and where to spend your money for the greatest impact.
Customer Satisfaction Survey Possibilities
The best way to find out whether your customers are satisfied is to ask them. What you do with their answers to your questions is important.
Sick Leave vs. Paid Time Off (PTO)
Employers have been moving to paid time off (PTO) instead of separating sick leave and vacation. Companies should insist that sick employees stay home.
Learn at Lunch, A Program To Help Employees Grow
Learn at Lunch or Lunch and Learn programs offer low cost and informal opportunities to support employee learning and development in the workplace.
The Peter Principle And How To Beat It
The Peter Principle holds that people are promoted to the level at which they are incompetent and then remain there. There are ways around the problem.
How To Coach Your Work Team Members
Coaching a team at work means coaching all the members of the team. Here's what you need to know and do to be successful at coaching your work team.
Beware the Lure of Low Hanging Fruit in Business
Beware the lure of low hanging fruit in business. While these items or goals are easier to reach and achieve, they may not be the most important.
Stay Stuck or Grow
How to achieve personal, team, and business growth.
Some Final Thoughts on Management and Leadership
Management and leadership advice for every stage of a leader's life cycle including challenges every manager faces and bad management behaviors.
How to Help a Discouraged Employee
An employee who is discouraged produces below what they are capable of and can draw others down. It is important for a manager to know these steps to help a discouraged employee.
Writing for Business - Management and Leadership
Writing for business or any other purpose, has certain rules for success. To write effectively follow these rules.
Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) in Business
Effective managers consider the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of their purchases. The accurate estimation of TCO can be a complex process.
Directions for How to Write an RFP
The RFP, or a request for proposal, is a document issued by a company when it wants to buy something and chooses to make the specifications public.
The Definition of a Manager
A Manager is responsible for planning and directing the work of a group of individuals, monitoring their work, and taking corrective action.
What Are the Responsibilities of a Supervisor?
Glossary definition of supervisor, what it is, common examples, challenges of the role and best practices of successful supervisors.
What Is a Manager? - Basic Definition
This article describes the basics of being a manager and the basics of what a manager does. Follow these tips and always consider this advice.
What are YOU Looking At?
Author and consultant Bill Treasurer writes about the importance of coaching someone to focus on what they need to go, not what they should avoid.
The High Cost of High Employee Turnover
High employee turnover has a high cost for any business. Some of the cost is financial, but not all. Learn what you can do about it.
Is Your Communication Style Making Your Team Ill?
Your well intended but poorly delivered feedback may be damaging performance on your team. It is time to get some feedback on your feedback skills?
What is a Leader? - A Management Defintion
What exactly is a leader? How do you define leadership? What are the qualities of a leader? Is leadership the same as management? Read more to find out.
Emotional Intelligence and Social Media in the Workplace
In this article, we explore the importance of developing and displaying emotional intelligence in our personal social media communications.
How to Get Candid Feedback
Here are ten surefire ways to get candid leadership feedback from others.
Leadership Lessons from Being Fired
Read about the leadership lessons learned from being fired by Fortune 500 executive Henna Inam.
How to Build Trust on Your Team
Trust is the most precious of all leadership attributes and assets. Work hard every single day to strengthen trust on your team.
The Difference Between Managers and Leaders
In this guest article, From Manager to Leader, Leslie Kossoff explains the difference between management and leadership and details a step by step plan for anyone to become a leader.
From Manager to Leader, The Steps
Ready to become a true leader and not just a manager? Check out the first steps you need to take. Page 2.
Try Chunking to Improve Efficiency
The data on multitasking suggests that it not only is not more efficient, it is ineffective and in some cases dangerous. Another approach is chunking.
How to Apply Lean Startup Ideas to Achieve Product-Market Fit
Learn the six steps of the Lean Start-up Process, a way to improve the development and commercialization of new products using Lean principles.
Essential Skills and Activities of Today's Leaders
What is a Leader? This article describes the role, challenges, and skills of the leader and includes guidance on developing as a leader.
What Are Management Jobs? - Definition
Management jobs are those jobs where your role is to accomplish things through the work of others rather than by doing the work yourself.
How to Start a Manager Exchange Program
Read how to set up a “Manager Exchange Program” in your organization as a way to facilitate cross functional development moves for managers.
Project Management - Job Description
Read this if you are a business owner looking for project management basics, want to be a project manager, or have questions about project management or managing scope and time and budget.
10 Powerful Ways to Develop Your Employees
10 practical ways of developing your employees.
10 Ways to Get Support from your Boss for your Ideas
Do you have great ideas but can't get your manager to listen? Maybe it's your approach. Find out how to increase the odds of getting your ideas heard.
Fail to read the political signs in your organization and you're likely to get lost. You don't have to play dirty, but you do have to play.
Leaders Are Always Positive
The difference between many managers and real leaders is that leaders are always positive. They have to be to truly be effective.
Leaders Don't Always Lead
It's important for leaders to know when to lead but also to know when to step back and let others lead.
Using Common Sense in Project Management
Can you improve your common sense, or help someone else improve theirs? This article gives eight tips on using common sense in management.
A “Survival of the Fittest” Approach to Leadership Development Produces Cockroach Leaders
Read about the dangers of using a survival of the fittest approach to grooming emerging leaders.
My 10 Favorite Classic Management and Leadership Books
My 10 favorite books on management and leadership that don’t sit still long enough to gather dust on my bookshelf.
How Good Managers Become Lousy Bosses
Why are there so many bad managers? It’s because organizations are designed to create bad managers. Read more to find out how they do it.
Management Tips - Give Instructions, Not Orders
Instead of giving orders, a smart manager gives instructions. Learn how to give instruction instead of giving orders to become a better manager.
The Condensed Version of the Employee Life Cycle
An employee life cycle (the condensed version is HIAR) is the steps the employees go through from the time they enter a company until they leave.
A Manager’s Guide to Dealing with Offensive Office Etiquette
Swearing, body odor, bad breath, talking too loud, and too much perfume or cologne. These are all examples of workplace etiquette issues that managers may need to address. Read more to find out how.
How Managers Monitor and Control Worker Behavior
Manager control describes one of the basic functions of being a manager -- to monitor and control the work of employees and the team project.
How to Plan a Company Meeting
Tasked with planning a company meeting? Learn how with this sample project plan and tips for approaching building the project plan for company meeting.
10 Ways to Motivate Your Employees
Here are ten ways for managers to create a workplace environment where employees will feel motivated to do their best work.
Understanding the Five Stages of a Project
Projects traditionally flow through five major stages. Each stage is filled with a set of activities intended to support project success.
Onboarding: Before The Employee Starts
The process of onboarding new employees begins even before they start. The process is important so these steps can help you be successful.
Tools for Growing as a Global Manager
Global managers use a P.E.S.T.E.L. analysis to research political, economic, social, technological, environmental and legal attributes of new markets.
Managing Generation Y Employees
It is essential for managers to understand the psyche of millennials in order to keep them motivated and engaged. Read more for practical insights into the millennial workforce called generation Y.
The Best Sites for Management and Leadership
Here is a list of essential sections for managers and leaders, recommended by Management and Leadership Expert Dan McCarthy.
Developing Leaders Using the 9 Box Matrix
Are you using the Nine-Box Performance and Potential Matrix to review talent? Once you do, you need to choose the right development for the right leader.
Assessing Leadership Potential Using the Nine Box Model
Here are seven different ways to use the nine box model to assess for leadership potential for succession planning. Assessing employee potential.
New Manager Onboarding - How To
Read about the importance of onboarding newly promoted or hired managers and how to help managers become acclimated to their new role.
How to Make Better, Faster Decisions
Tips and techniques to improve the quality and timeliness of your decision making.
Basic Management Skills for Beginners
Level 1 is the basic team management skills any beginning manager must master. It is the foundation of the full management skills pyramid.
Level 2 Management Skills: Team Building Skills
Level 2 is the team management/team building skills any developing manager must master. It is the next level of the management skills pyramid.
Good Management - Predictive vs Reactive
This article explains the difference between predictive management and reactive management and outlines how to improve your skill in predictive management.
9 Meeting Facilitation Skills for Managers
Instead of running a meeting, learn to facilitate a meeting. Meeting participants will be more engaged and energized and meeting desired outcomes will be achieved. Read more for 9 skills to learn in order to facilitate better meetings.
What is a Management or Leadership Assessment Center?
What is a management or leadership assessment center? Do they really work? Who does them? How much do they cost? Are there less expensive alternatives? Read more to find out.
How Hiring Managers Can Recruit the Best Employees
The Hiring Manager's Guide To Recruiting - How recruiting managers can find great employees.
How The Hiring Decision Is Really Made
The Insiders Guide To The Hiring Decision details how the hiring manager acually makes the decision of which candidate to hire.
How To Write a Progress Report
As a manager, you will be often called upon to report the progress of something you are working on or are responsible for.
Role and Challenges of a Line Manager
The glossary definition of the management term: Line Manager, along with an overview of the responsibilities, challenges and career path for this role
Coaching Questions for Managers Using the GROW Model
Coaching is the art of asking questions to help someone achieve a goal or goals. This article provides managers with 70 awesome coaching questions to use within the GROW coaching model.
20 Clues That You Might be a Micromanager: Take the Quiz to Find Out
Are you a micromanager? Take this quiz to find out if you are and what to do about it.
The Top 10 Challenges a Manager Will Have to Face
Management has its share of perks, but here are 10 of the most difficult manager challenges senior executives routinely face, and how to handle them.
How to Get Management Experience When You’re not a Manager
How to Get Management Experience When You’re not a Manager
20 Annoying Things that Successful Managers Do
How can an already successful manager get even better? According to Marshall Goldsmith, they need to stop doing these 20 annoying things. Find out what they are.
How to Give Feedback
Ten tips for how managers can deliver more effective critical feedback to employees.
30 Ways to Annoy Your Employees:
Here are 30 things that managers can do that are sure to annoy their employees, lower morale, and increase turnover.
How to Become a Better Listener
One of the most important skills for any manager is listening. Here are the seven most frequent causes for poor listening and a prescription for each cause.
Should You Hire Overqualified Workers?
As a manager, should you consider hiring overqualified candidates in the job selection process? Will overqualified workers be helpful or disruptive?
You Can't Manage What You Don't Measure
Effective managers work hard to identify and measure performance indicators. Clear, consistent use of these metrics supports business improvement.
Senior Management Level Jobs
There are differences between directors, vice presidents,
Important Topics in Management
There are many things you can do to become a better and more efficient manager. Take a look at some of the top management topics
Quality Monitoring for Call Centers
Many companies use software or services to monitor the behavior of their call center agents for performance and quality.
Call Center Key Performance Indicators (KPI)
Call center KPIs are fairly standard. This article describes several of the most common and points out the key management responsibility.
Top Management Myths
Many people misunderstand what management is all about. This list of the top management myths explains why they are wrong. Doing the opposite will make you a better manager.
The New Role of the Manager in Today's Organization
This article offers a current perspective on the role and function of the position of manager in today's era of change and uncertainty.
Teaching Your Team to Understand and Leverage Change
No industry, firm or career is immune from the forces driving change in our world. Effective leaders guide their teams to view change as opportunity.
The Basics of Management and Managers
Remember that management, like any other skill, is something that you can improve with study and practice. Follow these pieces of advice for success.
Developing as an Effective Manager in Uncertain Times
Developing as a manager and leader in our era of change demands that we constantly reinvent ourselves as professionals. Here are 7 ideas to help.
Planning for the Difficult Workplace Conversation
The ability to tackle the tough topics in an effective, timely manner is a must for every manager. Here are 6 tips to help you plan for success.
Some (US) tax implications of being an Independent Consultant (cont.)
Some (US) tax implications of being an Independent Consultant, from your About.com Guide. Page 2.
Tax Implications of Being an Independent Consultant
Some (US) tax implications of being an Independent Consultant
Restricted Stock Is Better Than Stock Options
High-tech and start-up companies are concerned because they fear losing one of their great motivating tools in stock options, but they shouldn't worry.
Vision, Strategy, and Tactics - Management Terms
Vision, Strategy, and Tactics. This article goes over what they are, how they differ, and how to use them to make your organization successful.
The Definition of a Subject Matter Expert
This definition of subject matter expert offers examples and considerations to help improve your understanding of the term in business.
Professional Manager vs. Entrepreneurial Manager
Professional and entrepreneurial manager definition. When, or should, an entrepreneur turn over their company to professional management?
Individual Development Plan (IDP) Samples for Managers
Samples of individual development plans (IDPs) for managers. Individual development plan examples for those in management positions.
How to Persuade an Employee to Resign
There is an alternative to firing a poorly performing employee: a manager can give the employee the option of making his/her own decision to resign.
How To Get Your Point Across Clearly
Getting your point across means concentrating less on what you want to say and more on what you want them to hear.
Managing New Employees - A Guide
Learn how to get your new employee off to the right start, from training to team building. Managing new employees is a skill.
Guidelines for Reorganizing Your Department or Company
Reorganizations, if not carefully planned out, can result in unnecessary anxiety, cynicism, and chaos. These guidelines can help ensure that your objectives are achieved and help to minimize disruption.
Ten Tips to Help You Lead Effective Team Meetings
There's no escaping meetings in our workplace. They can be productive or wasteful. Follow these ten tips to run more effective meetings.
11 Things Your Employees are Not Sharing With You
Some managers unknowingly shut down two-way communication with employees. Here are 11 things you might not be hearing that you need to know.
Understanding the Issue and Implications of Insider Trading
Violating insider trading rules is a serious crime in the United States. This article offers an overview of the rules surrounding insider trading.
What You Need to Know about Restricted Stock Grants
Understanding your employer's restricted stock unit or stock option grant. Watch out for vesting restrictions and tax implications of these benefits.
Developing and Serving as a Mentor in Today's Workplace
Serving as a mentor is an incredibly rewarding activity. You are offering your help to others, and your service supports your own development as well.
How to Become a Better Manager
How to Manage provides short lessons in basic management tasks for managers who want to get better.
Meeting Management Practices Help Improve Productivity
Meetings are commonplace in our workplaces. By employing proper meeting management practices, you can help improve the productivity of these events.
New Employee Training - Is It Worth The Investment
Getting off on the right foot. New Employee training - is it worth the investment?
Is There an "I" in Team? Debating a Management Cliché
High performance teams leverage the skills and abilities of the individuals while ensuring that everyone shares a common purpose and core values
Cross-training employees on different roles and responsibilities is an effective approach for improving engagement, job satisfaction and performance.
Exploring a Career In Management: Look Before You Leap
It is enticing to consider a move to management to grow your career. This article offers insights on the positives and challenges of a role as manager
Exploring a Role as a Manager: The Top Ten Challenges
The top ten challenges you will face as a manager and advice on how to explore the role before you commit to it full time. Page 2.
The Issues Around CEO Compensation: Are They Overpaid?
CEO compensation is a controversial issue with shareholders, employees, and activists suggesting that top executives of many large firms are overpaid.
Pareto's Principle - The 80-20 Rule
Pareto's Principle or the 80-20 Rule helps you manage those things that really make a difference to your results
Understanding Key Performance Indicators or KPI
Key Performance Indicators, also known as KPIs or Key Success Indicators (KSIs), help an organization assess progress toward strategic goals.
Understanding the Bottom Line in Business
This article explores the business term bottom line, including its derivation, use in financial analysis and limitation for analyzing performance
Everything You Need to Know About Gross Revenue
It is important to understand the definition of gross revenue in contrast to net or operating revenue when assessing a firm's performance.
Understanding the Basics of Vesting With Your Employer
Basic overview of vesting and how it relates to employer benefits, including stock, options and 401K benefits.
Understanding Critical Success Factors in Business
Understanding the differences between critical success factors and critical success indicators and examples of and ideas for developing each
Planning for Continuous Improvement in the Workplace
Continuous improvement is a critical component of the pursuit of business excellence and the foundation of all major quality frameworks.
How to Give Negative Feedback Properly
Managers often struggle to deliver negative feedback. Here are ten tips to help you turn these difficult discussions into positive events.
How to Deliver Effective Positive Feedback at Work
Positive feedback is often overlooked as a tool to enhance positive performance in the workplace. Keep it timely, specific and focused on behaviors.
Succession Planning Template
11 data elements that should be included in a succession plan template. Using a succession planning template is important in any business.
How to Get In the Game as a Manager
Take the initiative to develop a better understanding of how your business operates and then teach your team how to play to drive improved results.
The Manager's Guide to Understanding Strategy
Cultivating an understanding of tools of strategy is an essential part of your development as a manager. In this first part, we focus on the basics.
General Manager Definition and Role Overview
The role of general manager is an important, challenging job with accountability for a business unit's strategy, operations and financial results.
How to Help Your Firm and Employees Navigate Change
Given the pressure on firms to change driven by market forces, it is essential that change management practices evolve to become more proactive.
Seven Steps for Getting to Yes with Your Boss
Learning to convince your boss to back your proposals or ideas is an important career skill. Use a methodical, deliberate approach to making your case
Understanding the Role and Scope of the Senior Manager
This post offers an overview of the role and scope of the senior manager position, including responsibilities and key challenges.
How to Apply Drucker to Your Business by Asking Questions
This article explores how
How Managers Prevent Team Collaboration (Without Meaning To)
Collaboration is essential in our project and team-based cultures, yet we often get in our own way. Here are 5 ideas to a collaborative culture emerge
Six Boss Behaviors that Drive Your Team Members Bonkers
For many managers, bad habits stress team members and hurt morale. This article identifies 6 behaviors managers must eliminate to improve performance
Five Ways to Engage and Develop Millennials on Your Team
Senior managers must tailor their approaches to employee development and engagement to retain the growing number of millennials in the workforce.
Why It's Time to Change our Views on Management and the Job of Manager
An updated approach to the practice of management and the role of the manager are required to meet the challenges of our world, businesses and careers
The Challenges of Managing and Leading a Firm Through Rapid Growth
Rapid growth situations are exciting in business, however, the potential for serious missteps is high. Here are 4 ideas to help minimize the risks.
7 Characteristics of Organizations that will Thrive in the Digital Era
The pace of technological change is occurring faster than most experts predicted with serious implications for our careers and the future of our firms
In Pursuit of Management Excellence
The idea of management excellence is challenging to describe yet pursuit of this aspirational state is essential for success in today's volatile world
Basics of Management in an Era of Change & Uncertainty
This article offers ideas and links to additional resources describing the skills, topics and abilities essential for any manager in today's world.
Leading a Change of Pace: Moving Faster When Your Firm is On the Clock
Leading change is challenging and never more so than when change is mixed with the need for the team or organization to move faster.
Three Leadership Hacks to Accelerate Your Success on Your Team
Teams, trust and innovation are the building blocks of success in a world of speed and change. Here are three leadership hacks (approaches) to help.
How to Make Better Decisions at Work
Management and decision-making go hand in hand. The most effective managers work hard to strengthen their decision-making skills over time.
How Your M
Research in neuroscience and psychology offers insights for improving individual and group performance in the workplace. Here are five ideas to help:
Give Your Aspiring Leaders a Test Drive Before Offering the Promotion
Developing leadership strength in your firm is a critical task. To improve success and reduce risk, let your aspiring leaders try the role on for fit.
Beware the High Cost of Chasing Too Many Good Ideas
Ideas are the lifeblood of innovation, however, the best ideas need care and nurturing. Beware if diluting your efforts by chasing too many good ideas
How To Assess and Leverage Your Firm’s Culture to Succeed as a Manager
While the idea of organizational culture is a bit abstract, successful managers study and leverage their firm's culture for success.
How to Translate Leadership Stress into Performance Improvement
Stress is a fact of life for anyone in a leadership role. How you manage the stress impacts your performance. Here are 7 ideas to help.
Leading at a New Level: 4 Big Survival Tips
Congratulations on your promotion! Now what? Don't discount how challenging it will be to succeed at the next level. Here are 4 big survival tips:
5 Communication Practices to Help You Earn the Respect of Your Team
Beware the communication mistakes that damage your credibility as the team's new leader. Leverage these 5 practices to ensure a smooth start-up.
How to Get the Most Out of Leadership Training
The opportunity to attend leadership training is a vote of confidence from your manager. Here are 10 tips to help you make the most of this experience
The 5 Decisions that Make or Break You as a Leader
The essence of leadership is decision-making. There are 5 types of decisions in particular that will make or break you as a leader.
8 Tips for Getting Started Successfully with Your New Team
It's easy to stumble during your initial start-up with a new team. Improve your odds of success by employing these 8 tips:
Conducting Difficult Workplace Discussions
The best way to develop your confidence for conducting difficult workplace discussions is to use a structured process.
The Manager's Guide to Strategy: How Great Strategists Think
Great strategists are made, not born. For any leader or manager striving to develop their confidence with strategy, these 10 insights will help.
12 Difficult Moments I Navigated as a Manager
It's how we handle the difficult issues and vexing dilemmas that defines our character as a manager. Great managers step up and tackle the big issues.
Leadership Styles: How to Dress for the Occasion
While some leadership styles may be more naturally comfortable than others, effective leaders need to adapt their style to the needs of their employees and the situation at hand. Read more to find out why and how.
The Marathon Effect of Leading Change and Helping Your Team Keep Pace
When planning and leading significant changes, leaders need to be aware of and take action to eliminate the
Seven Ideas to Strengthen Your Team’s Performance
Effective leaders work hard to strengthen team performance. Here are 7 ideas to stimulate creativity and help improve team performance.
How to Support Your First-Time Manager for Success
Building your leadership bench strength is essential for success. Here are 9 ideas to provide extraordinary support for the new manager on your team.
Management Issues Surrounding Customer Satisfaction
Customers have varying expectations for satisfaction across industries. Your role as a manager is to understand and meet or exceed their expectations.
Executive Presentation Tips
Any opportunity to present to your firm's executives is a golden career opportunity. Use these tips to strengthen your executive presentation.
Tax Implications of Being an Independent Consultant 2
Some (US) tax implications of being an Independent Consultant
Golden Parachutes in Executive Compensation Packages
This article describes the concept of and pros and cons of golden parachutes as components of executive compensation packages.
How To Successfully Manage Your First Project
Leading and guiding your first project activity can be an intimidating experience. This article offers the basic steps for success with your project.
How to Build a High Performance Project Team
High performance teams are the product of careful planning and hard work on the part of project leaders to set the stage for team and member success.
Plan a Project Using the Basic Tools of Project Management
This article describes how to use the basic tools of project management to properly plan and execute an initiative in the workplace.
Planning a Project, Sample Project Plans
A simple approach to project planning draws upon the formal practices of project managers. A proper scope, work breakdown and plan are all required. Page 2.
Understanding Project and Task Dependencies
Project Managers work to understanding relationships or dependencies between tasks on a project. These dependencies impact resources and scheduling
Critical Path in Project Management
Do you know what is a critical path in project management? This description and overview will help you learn how it is developed and applied.
What the Project Manager Knows About Getting Work Done
Project Managers are experts at coordinating large volumes of tasks to get work done. Here are nine lessons all managers can use to improve efficiency
Why Your Managers and Firm Get Hiring Wrong and What to Do About It
There is nothing more important than getting the right talent into our organizations. It is time to reform and improve our hiring processes.
Five Meetings Your Employees Will Thank You for Killing or Fixing
Business meetings can either be productive or, they can be horrible time and morale killers. Here are 5 meetings that must be eliminated or improved.
Fixing the 5 Big Issues that Spell Disaster for Your Project
The root causes of project disasters are consistent across organizations. Focus on these five critical issues to prevent potential project failures.
What Is Employee Turnover and How Do You Calculate It?
What is turnover, how do you calculate it, and what can you do about it? Find these answers and more in this article about employee turnover.
Three critical project management terms to know
This article offers a basic overview and examples for three critical terms in project management: scope, risk and assumptions.
Why Every Project Manager Needs a Supportive Executive Sponsor
An effective executive sponsor is a critical part of project success. Here are ideas to help the project manager gain executive sponsor support.
How to Succeed with Your Executive Coach
The opportunity to work with an executive coach is a privilege and for many professionals transformational. It is also hard work.
Advice for Developing as a Global Manager
Success as a manager in today's global marketplace requires effort to learn about the cultures and customs of colleagues in far away markets
How Smart Managers Build Strong Bonds with Human Resources and Finance
Human resources and finance functions are critical to your role as a manager. It pays to invest in building relationships with these teams.
Budgeting Essentials for New Managers
New managers are often not prepared to manage a department budget. Read these 9 essential tips to avoid some of the most common budgeting mistakes made by rookie managers.
12 Ideas to Dramatically Improve Your Performance as a Manager
Strengthening team performance starts with you strengthening your performance as a manager. Here are 12 tips to help you get started.
How to Prepare for Your First Strategy Meeting
The invitation to participate in your firm's strategy planning is an honor. A bit of advance preparation will strengthen your ability to contribute.
Want to Learn to Manage? Become a Product Manager
The role of product manager is one of the most challenging in any organization. It's also an outstanding training ground for aspiring senior managers.
How to Make Yourself (More) Valuable to Your Boss
Do not discount how critical it is to have your boss's vote for success. Here are 8 ideas to help you make yourself even more valuable to your boss.
The Power of One Minute Goal Setting
Ken Blanchard, author of the New One Minute Manager, describes the power and process of one minute goal setting.
6 Exercises to Strengthen Your Critical Thinking Skills
Developing your critical thinking skills is an essential part of strengthening your ability to perform as an effective manager or leader.
Why the Role of Manager Might Be a Mistake for You
Considering the move to manager? You might want to think hard before signing on to this difficult role. Here are 10 reasons to say
How to Handle the Brilliant but Toxic Employee
Navigating the brilliant but toxic employee situation is a difficult task for any manager. Here are 9 ideas to help guide you through this situation.
Becoming a Product Manager
The role of product manager is an increasingly popular career choice for individuals from a variety of business and technical backgrounds.
10 Things a Manager Should Never Delegate
Ten things a manager should never, ever delegate to employees.
The Essential Roles of a Manager in the Workplace
What exactly does a manager do in the workplace? Here is a list of the essential roles and functions of managerial positions in any work environment.
How to Manage Lazy Employees
Managers need to know when and how to deal with lazy employees. Here are ways to handle the situation from a good management perspective.
Understanding the Best Behaviors of True Professionals
What does it mean to display professionalism in the workplace? Here are 11behaviors that you need to apply daily to showcase your professionalism.
Building a Solid Foundation of Trust
Leadership requires a manager to build solid foundation of trust with their employees. Read more to learn how.
Tips for New Managers: Part 1
Tips for new managers, management mistakes to avoid
Igniting Employee Performance
Ten ways to improve employee performance. How to increase employee performance in an increasingly competitive business environment.
Understand the Management Skills Levels Pyramid
The management skills pyramid shows the skills a manager must master to succeed. The pyramid also depicts how these skills build upon each other.
Level 3 Management Skills: Master Personal Development
Level 3 is where the developing manager must master personal development. It is the third of the four-level management skills pyramid to success.
How to Become a Great Talent Scout for Your Team
The work of recruiting great talent to your team is too important to be left to another department. Here are 5 tips from managers who are great scouts
Creating & Maintaining a Professional Work Environment
What can a manager do to create and maintain a professional workplace environment? Plenty - read more to find out how to develop a standard.
Fairness Is Good Management
Success as a manager requires you to cultivate a reputation for fairness. Your positive reputation will strengthen both morale and performance.
What Soft Skills Managers Need Most
Technical skills may be what got you noticed and promoted, but they aren't enough. To succeed as a manager you need to be talented in your soft skills.
How to Make These 5 Common Business Meetings Productive Events
Too many meetings waste time and damage morale. If you must meet, focus on making them productive with these tips:
Ideas to Help Improving Onboarding Effectiveness with Millennials
Acclimating new millennial employees to company culture requires creative thinking and modern tactics including creative use of video and social media
Surviving and Thriving as a Manager During a Merger
The news that your firm is merging is unsettling for everyone involved. Effective managers leverage these 9 tips to successfully guide their team.
Employee Questions Managers Should Know How to Answer
Here are 11 basic, fundamental, essential employee questions that every manager should be able to instantly answer. See if you can, and if not, maybe it's time to find out for yourself!
Helpful Tips To Manage Your Retail Business
This article offers tips and resources for the retail manager on topics ranging from team development and feedback to the fundamentals of management.
The Use and Creation of Position Grade Levels
Employee grade and position levels are established to ensure clear, consistent treatment of all employees in a firm regardless of function.
Managing Older Workers - Tips for Young Managers
Younger gen X managers need to learn how to effectively manage older workers. An aging workforce will require new skills of all managers and the older workers.
Learning to Give Directions Effectively to Employees
As a supervisor or manager, giving directions to employees is a part of the role. This article offers guidance for delivering directions effectively.
Management, Supervisor Levels, and Job Titles
What are the differences between various management levels? This article goes into detail about what managers are responsible for based on their role.
How To Review Subordinates' Work
How can managers assign work to their employees and still manage for quality and timeliness while giving the employees freedom to do the work to the best of their ability.
Cross-Functional Teams Are A Way To Get Ahead
Being on a cross-functional team is one way to advance your career. Here is how being on one can help you get ahead.
First Day Manual for Managers
Helpful tips for any manager facing a first day, either as a new manager or as a manager taking over responsibility for a new team.
Take Ownership of Your Job - Management and Leadership
You have a unique opportunity every day to show that you own your job. Those who display passion and commitment gain success and satisfaction at work.
Time Management Secrets
Time management secrets can help you get more done. It reviews the three key elements of time management secrets, do the right things first, be efficient, and get it done.
The Meaning in Business of the Phrase: Boil The Ocean
This article includes a glossary definition and examples of the business management term: boil the ocean. The phrase is often confused or misused.
Ideas to Measure and Monitor Customer Satisfaction
Customer satisfaction is a core driver of growth and profitability for any business. This article offers ideas to help strengthen this critical area.
Service Level Agreements (SLA) - Business Management
Service Level Agreements (SLAs) are a way for a supplier and a purchaser to agree on what will constitute a minimum level of customer satisfaction.
Want to Lead? Consider Becoming a Project Manager
Project Management offers an outstanding career path and serving as a project manager is an ideal way to develop critical leadership skills.
The Connection Between Managing and Video Games
Many of the answers to today's most vexing management problems: engagement, development, problem-solving and teaming have been solved in video games.
Five Vital Questions Top Performing CEOs Ask Constantly
Questions are powerful tools for leaders and these five vital questions help senior managers and the CEO assess employee engagement and alignment.
7 Common Myths about Leadership
Here are seven of the most common myths about leadership that keep us stuck.
- By Category
An index of categories in the
Questions to Ask the Candidate in a Job Interview
What are the top questions a manager wants to ask of a prospective employe in a job interview and what do they tell you.
CEO Lunches with Employees Build Bridges
A regular program where the CEO and executives meet with employees over lunch is a low cost way to strengthen morale and improve employee engagement.
Critical Path Project Management (CPM)
Critical path project management (CPM) is a technique used to complete projects on time by focusing on key tasks. Critical Path Management shows how to complete your project on time using the CPM method.
The Top Ten New Manager Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
The role of first time manager is filled with opportunities to misstep. This article offers a list of the top ten mistakes of the new manager.
Must-Read Business Management and Leadership Books
A list of ten key business management books (with brief descriptions) you need to read to improve your management skills and people management abilities.
Management Books You Need To Read
A list of seven key books on management skills you need to read to improve your management skill and people management abilities.
Top 10 Leadership Books
There are a lot of great books on leadership - here are 10 that I would recommend.
Dealing With Difficult Employees
Dealing with difficult employees helps managers prepare a plan, confront behavior, and find a solution to the behavior of difficult employees.
Company Culture: What It Is And How To Change It
How do you assess your current company culture? How do you change the company culture if necessary to align it with your values? Find answers here.
New Year's Development Goals for Leaders
Are you looking for leadership development goals for your individual development plan? Here is a list of 10 to choose from, including delegating.
Celebrating Halloween At The Office
How businesses can use Halloween to build morale and teamwork and at the same time find creative and participation talents among their employees.
Halloween At The Office - Costumes for the Shy
Halloween At The Office suggests appropriate costumes for shy employees who are concerned about feeling silly or embarrassed. Page 2.
Halloween At The Office - Inappropriate Costumes
Halloween At The Office identifies costumes that are inappropriate for the office Halloween party.. Page 3.
Halloween At The Office - Good Costume Choices
Halloween At The Office suggests costumes that are appropriate and good choices for the office Halloween party. Page 4.
The Top 10 Leadership Qualities of Great Leaders
Great leaders operate with a common set of behaviors that inspire everyone around them. This article includes my top ten great leader behaviors.
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Mentor and Mentoring net links
Mentors and Mentoring: what is a mentor, finding a mentor, how to be a mentor. A mentor is an individual, usually older, always more experienced, who helps and guides another individual’s development.
Managers have to give feedback to their employees for training, motivation, corrective action, and performance management reasons. How you give feedback makes a big difference. These articles help you do it right.
Managing In Wartime
Managing people is difficult at times and when a country is at war special circumstances apply. These articles wll guide managers through their responsibilities during wartime, but are also helpful reminders of how to treat their people at other times as well.
This is a collection of articles designed to help managers better organize their people and to understand and fit into the larger organization to which their team belongs.
Recruiting and Hiring
Even in large companies with a Human Resources (HR) Department, the manager is ultimately responsible for making the hiring decision. Getting the right people is key to your success as a manager. These articles will help you succeed in this key area.
Managers have to build their teams and them build the sense of team spirit within the group for the group to function effectively as a whole. These articles help you through that process.
Inventing Management for a New Era
Innovating in management approaches for an era characterized by change, ambiguity and uncertainty.
Links to resources to help you get started in your career as a manager. Learn
Coaching is one of the essential skills of a good manager. These links can help you improve your skill in this important area.
Understanding Goals and Objectives in Business
Goals and objectives are important components of organization and personal-professional planning and work. Always strive to avoid confusing the two.
KSA Definition and Examples
Understanding the differences and application of the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) framework in human resources and job recruiting.
Links to sites that can help you smile at the foibles of others, chuckle at the quirks of the business world, and laugh out loud when you recognize yourself in a Dilbert cartoon,
To be successful, managers must develop and execute business strategies. These resources will help you develop your strategy and execute it well.
It is important to continue with your own career development, not just develop your people. These resources will help you decide where to go next in your career and how to get there.
The most critical skill a manager needs is the ability to communicate well. Use the resources below to learn how to communicate better.
Manage Conflict and Workplace Violence
Check out this site for information on conflict resolution, alternative dispute resolution and preventing workplace violence. Links cover issues such as arbitration, mediation, bargaining and other methods of resolving conflicts.
Disaster Planning resources and information
Information you need to prepare an effective disaster prevention and disaster recovery plan.
One of a manager's most important tasks is motivating their people. These resources will help you understand what makes your people tick, how different they all are, and what you need to do to motivate each of them to peak performance.
These management tips are intended to help you focus on key issues that are important to your success as a manager.
Business Organization and Reorganization
Business entities need to change and evolve. These resources will help you handle the challenges those changes present, but also take advantage of the opportunities they present.
Speakers and Speaker Resources
Internet resources for current and/or future professional speakers
Training and Education
Training is a very large part of our profession. These resources help sharpen your skills and identify new ideas and training areas.
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Project Management Terms and Definitions
Project Management, like other disciplines, has its own terms and abbreviations. Here you will find definitions and explanations of these project management terms and abbreviations.
Planning is one of the four cornerstones of good management. These resources will help you plan properly and effectively.
Links to sites covering the gathering of information about the companies with whom you compete or intend to compete,
Consultants who specialize in organizational development will appreciate these sites for their breadth and depth in the field.
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Compiled listing of articles and links about the reasons for benchmarking and the process of setting and meeting benchmarks in your organization.
Government Resources available to help managers and executives manage companies in the US
Business Management Policies and Procedures
A big part of the management profession is creating and enforcing business policies and procedures. These resources help you do both of these better.
Theory and Discussion
Links to resources with the lastest management theories, research, discussions, and academics, .
Women in Management
Links to resources to help women succeed in management and men to work better with women in management.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Management
Here are some of the questions asked most frequently about Management and answers to those questions.
Retail Management Tips
A collection of retail management tips to help you improve as a manager in the retail industry.
7 Signs that it May be Time to Step Down as a Manager
How do you know when it’s time to step aside, or down from being a manager? Here are 7 signs to look out for.
7 Elements of a Strategic Plan
Here is a the 7 basic elements of a strategic plan: vision, mission, SWOT analysis, core values, goals, objectives, and action plans.
10 Timeless Time Management Techniques
Here are 10 timeless ways to take control of day and stop wasting time.
A Finance and Accounting Glossary for the Non-financial Manager
A basic glossary of finance and accounting terms for the non-financial manager.
Business Acumen 101
When you can answer these 4 essential business acumen questions, you’ll be able to provide direction, prioritize and make better decisions.
10 Ways to Make a Good Impression with Your New Boss
When your boss leaves, it’s important to get off to a good start with your new boss. Here are 10 ways to make sure you and your boss start off on the right foot, and 5 ways to ensure you’ll be looking for a new job soon.
Leadership Ethics: The Empty Pot
Read a version of the old Chinese folk tale called “The Empty Pot” for a great lesson on the importance of leadership ethics (with a succession planning twist).
How to Build a Culture of Accountability
Here are 8 things leaders can do to create a culture of accountability.
Motivating High Performance
Rewards systems reinforce what management values. Be certain to reward “the right stuff.”
Good and Bad Examples of Feedback
Here are 12 positive and negative examples of how to provide employee feedback.
Values Clarification Exercise
Use this values sort exercise to clarify your most important values.
5 Ways to Manage Conflict
Learn the five different styles for handling conflict and when to use and not use each style.
How to Use the Nine-Box Matrix for Succession Planning and Development
Here are detailed, step-by-step guidelines and best practices for using the performance and potential nine-box matrix for succession planning and development.