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18 Tips For Success From Richard Branson. Management Secrets: Core Beliefs of Great Bosses. A few years back, I interviewed some of the most successful CEOs in the world in order to discover their management secrets.

Management Secrets: Core Beliefs of Great Bosses

I learned that the "best of the best" tend to share the following eight core beliefs. 1. Business is an ecosystem, not a battlefield. 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.

6 signs you're too nice of a boss

Still, for every manager there's a fine line between being empathetic and friendly and being a feckless pushover. The worst things about being a manager. (MoneyWatch) COMMENTARY If you ask 10 senior executives if they like their jobs, I bet most would say yes.

The worst things about being a manager

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. 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.

Are you called to leadership?

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. The New Leader's Playbook - Tips for onboarding/on-boarding. Moving into new roles are crucible events of leadership and some of the toughest challenges people face.

The New Leader's Playbook - Tips for onboarding/on-boarding

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. Why Flexible Hours Inspire Performance. "What time do you want me to start work?

Why Flexible Hours Inspire Performance

" 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. The myth of the visionary CEO. Don't expect CEOs to be visionaries, because that's flat out unnecessary to run a successful company over the long haul.

The myth of the visionary CEO

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. 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.

4 steps to becoming a great problem solver

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?

3 habits of highly effective leaders

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.”

What Your Boss Needs to Know About Engagement - Teresa Amabile and Steve Kramer - HBS Faculty

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?” 4 things a manager should never say. 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.

9 Snap Judgments Managers Make in Job Interviews. 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.