Winter 2014 Managing Smart

Jan 3, 2014

Build Your Own Entourage
You don't need to be famous to have an entourage. All great leaders have one, and needed one to become successful. Today’s business leaders have a new kind of entourage—a mutually collaborative one.

Embrace Unpredictability
Structure and regiment are great for reducing errors, but they also get in the way of producing insights. To increase your employees’ insights, challenge organizational fear of making mistakes and improve your coaching skills.

Personal Baggage
Research reveals employees’ personal lives can affect a company’s harmony. Despite the negative affect on productivity, managers tend to keep out of it. But, one researcher says managers should be more proactive with employees who can’t leave their personal problems at home.

The Fired Elephant in the Room
Firing an employee is one of the worst parts of being a manager. But your job isn’t over once you give the employee the bad news. You now must turn to your team members to explain why the person is gone if you want to maintain trust, morale and productivity.

Resources for Managers
Books, software and websites to help managers do their jobs better.


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