People Management

7 clues you’re off your game

February 18, 2011

Bad managers are not consciously aware that they’re bad managers. And if they are aware of it, they’re probably not willing to admit it to anyone. Nobody wants to think they might be the problem. Here are a few clues:

Leadership Tips: Vol. 211

February 9, 2011
Putting the troops first: Capt. Bo Reynolds walked the talk this past Thanksgiving in Afghanistan. First, he came up with the idea of deep-frying a turkey for the Army’s 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. Second, he got only a taste of the bird because he let his troops eat first …

How teaching prepped this software CEO

January 13, 2011
As CEO of one of the fastest-growing private companies, Bronto Software’s Joe Colopy says, “It’s hard to understand what it means to be a leader until you’re in a situation where it really matters.” For Colopy, the journey from entrepreneur to CEO has meant completely changing his game. His secrets to keeping employees informed:

Don’t treat them like mushrooms

December 28, 2010

Here’s how Cisco CEO John Chambers keeps his people in the loop: through a webcast every few weeks in which he responds directly to employee questions. He says he wants his team to learn about company news firsthand, not through rumors.

Feedback: Are your troops malnourished?

December 10, 2010
Here’s how to recognize if you’re not giving direct reports the feedback they need to step up their game, adapted from The 7 Hidden Reasons Employees Leave:

Temper your ‘inner Patton’

November 8, 2010
After the death of George Steinbrenner, people asked whether a lower-key approach by the New York Yankees owner could have accomplished just as much. Research suggests that you need a balance between drive and domination. Steinbrenner’s hero—surprise!—was Gen. George Patton.

The power of 3 words

November 3, 2010
From time to time, one of your direct reports will bring you problems created by a decision that you made. Your response, in all cases, should be a good-natured invitation for the two of you to go have a look. Use these exact words: “Let’s go see!”

Truly get what employees mean

November 1, 2010
Your employees won’t always come right out and tell you what is on their minds. Ensure that you fully understand the message behind someone’s words by following this advice.

Keep a tight hold on top talent

October 29, 2010

Getting good employees these days may seem like shooting fish in a barrel, but keeping the best people never has been and never will be easy. A full quarter of your highest-potential employees may plan to jump ship within a year. Mistakes to avoid:

Lead from the back of the boat

October 27, 2010
When she first stepped into a leadership position, Anne Berkowitch, co-founder and CEO of social-networking company SelectMinds, believed she should be like a military general. Now, she says, she envisions the way you steer a boat. “If you think about how you steer a boat, it’s always from the back,” she says, “and I’ve moved toward the back of the boat.”