So, you're a manager now
Branson sees the classic image of “the boss” as an anachronism. Being bossy is not a desirable trait in a manager, he says. A boss orders while a leader organizes. "Perhaps, therefore, it is odd that if there is any one phrase that is guaranteed to set me off it's when someone says to me, 'Okay, fine. 18 Tips For Success From Richard Branson
6 signs you're too nice of a boss A toast to New Year's resolutions investors should make this year -- and every year iStockphoto (MoneyWatch) A good leader not only has great knowledge and insight, but the softer people skills to utilize them. Still, for every manager there's a fine line between being empathetic and friendly and being a feckless pushover.
(MoneyWatch) COMMENTARY If you ask 10 senior executives if they like their jobs, I bet most would say yes. That's what I would have said back when that was my job. Pay, power, perks -- what's not to like, right? Not exactly. You see, a funny thing happens when you've been out of "the life" for a while. You get some perspective. The worst things about being a manager
Are you called to leadership? In our world of smart phones, latest research studies, and the newest "must see" viral videos, we've lost some basic wisdom about leadership, and we're paying a big price for the loss. When it comes to careers, the most important bit of old-world wisdom is that people are called to vocations, like engineering, science, law, education, the military, medicine -- and leadership. You need to know if you are called to leadership. If you are, acting on the call will benefit you, your family, and most of all, the people you lead.
Moving into new roles are crucible events of leadership and some of the toughest challenges people face. Nearly half of new leaders fail in their first 18 months*. Avoid that problem by getting a head start, managing your message, and building your team. Further, know that while people will follow a charismatic leader for a time, they will devote themselves to the cause of a BRAVE leader over time. The New Leader's Playbook - Tips for onboarding/on-boarding | PrimeGenesis
"What time do you want me to start work?" That's the question a new hire recently asked me. She looked a little startled by my reply. "I don't care." But it was the truth. I didn't care—and I never have—what hours are kept by the people who work for me. Why Flexible Hours Inspire Performance
Don't expect CEOs to be visionaries, because that's flat out unnecessary to run a successful company over the long haul. Picture courtesy of Flickr user butler.corey COMMENTARY Of the 23 secondary schools that produced two or more Nobel Prize laureates, nine are in New York City. The myth of the visionary CEO
4 steps to becoming a great problem solver COMMENTARY If you've ever heard the expression, "That's why you make the big bucks," then you were probably on the hook to solve a tough problem. Indeed, the ability to troubleshoot complex issues, fix troubled organizations, beat bigger competitors or successfully manage crises, is highly valued in the corporate world. Just ask Thomas Horton, the American Airlines executive who was named chairman and CEO of parent company AMR on Tuesday, the day it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
3 habits of highly effective leaders Gary Mogg claims lounging at work in a broken chair led to his injury iStockPhoto Are you a leader? Whether you're an executive or an entry-level employee, leadership is a truly essential skill that can propel you and your career to bigger, better things.
What Your Boss Needs to Know About Engagement - Teresa Amabile and Steve Kramer - HBS Faculty by Teresa Amabile and Steve Kramer | 1:00 PM November 16, 2011 On October 28, Gallup posted an article with the sobering headline “Majority of American Workers Not Engaged in Their Jobs.” This should disturb every American worker and business leader.
There's No Such Thing as Constructive Criticism - Tony Schwartz by Tony Schwartz | 8:00 AM November 21, 2011 Here’s a question guaranteed to make your stomach lurch: “Would you mind if I gave you some feedback?” What that actually means is “Would you mind if I gave you some negative feedback, wrapped in the guise of constructive criticism, whether you want it or not?”
People listen to leaders. It's one of the qualities that helps define them as leaders -- and their followers as followers. But because of this, leaders need to mind what they are saying, and avoid knee-jerk responses. "A leader's brain must always work things out ahead of his mouth speaking them," says Patrick Alain, author of The Leader Phrase Book: 3000+ Phrases That Put You In Command. 4 things a manager should never say
9 Snap Judgments Managers Make in Job Interviews | BNET Last Updated Aug 24, 2011 1:17 PM EDT One of my favorite Gladwellian Theories (Malcolm Gladwell is the king of cool theories) is thin-slicing: the ability to find patterns and make decisions based on the combination of a limited set of data and a wealth of experience.