People Management

Step-by-step corporate team building

February 12, 2010

Sometimes it’s not clear how cross-team projects should proceed. Follow these guidelines for accomplishing as a group what individuals can’t do alone.

Leadership Tips: Vol. 210

February 12, 2010

Hold more productive, inspiring meetings by stealing a rule from Google’s playbook … Squeeze breathing room into your day by scheduling meetings for 50 minutes rather than 60 … Improve your team’s performance with this exercise … Use these seven words more often in 2010.

Leadership Tips: Vol. 110

December 11, 2009

Hit upon more winning ideas by capturing more ideas in the first place. New communication and online mechanisms can help. Example: Starbucks gathers and codifies ideas with www.mystarbucksidea.com, and uses decision-market approaches to evaluate them. Meanwhile, innovative companies such as Apple or Google make generating ideas an informal part of everyone’s job and motivate employees largely with nonmonetary recognition.

Set goals that inspire imagination

May 1, 2007
When Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck produced his award-winning film “The Lives of Others,” he inspired the film’s composer, Gabriel Yared, by presenting a highly unusual goal.

Keep your mitts off their projects

April 1, 2006
People micromanage because they’re afraid. The better course: Notice when you start intervening in ways that make you wonder, “Is this my job?” or “Shouldn’t our staff do that?”

When an employee loses control at work

July 1, 2005
Tempers flare all the time in the workplace, and managers need to know how to quickly calm down employees whose anger gets out of hand. Here’s a step-by-step strategy you can use:

Hold a waffler accountable

September 1, 1997
Wafflers constantly change their minds and give wishy-washy answers to even the most simple fact-finding questions. To hold a waffler accountable, try these techniques.