New leaders: Hire right and delegate

September 13, 2010

Melissa Dyrdahl, a former executive at Adobe, sums up pretty well the essence of taking on a leadership role: You get rewarded in a company by doing your job really well. But when you get promoted into management, you have to stop being the doer and start being the leader. For some people, that is a difficult transition …

Fighting the good fight

September 13, 2010

Good bosses fight as if they are right and listen as if they are wrong—and teach their people to do the same. Pixar director Brad Bird—who worked on “The Incredibles” and “Ratatouille”—could serve as a poster child for that sentiment. He understood that a big part of his job was to create enough trust so people could fight over decisions.

Offer them emotional guidance

May 17, 2010
The day after friends, colleagues and family members died in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center, Mark Loehr asked his people to come to the office. Not to work, but to share their thoughts and feelings about what had happened and what they should do about it. In a crisis, people look to leaders for emotional guidance.

Team building ideas

March 12, 2010

Nothing right is going to happen with your team if the basic structure isn’t right. Some guidelines: 1. Look for signs that it’s too big. 2. Dispense with tactical trivia. 3. Enforce healthy norms. 4. Have your team review its structure.

Consistent contributors = good team

February 12, 2010

Whether a group is dividing a restaurant bill or working on a shared budget, the more cooperative the group is, the more likely it can rise above a challenge. It helps a leader to understand, then, why some groups cooperate more than others.

Tips for talking like a leader

February 12, 2010

Without knowing it, you may be saying things that make you sound less leader-like. Here, courtesy of the editors at Reader’s Digest and Business Management Daily, are some tips that can help you come across better:

3 reasons to fire a prima donna

February 12, 2010

If you’re a leader who employs a prima donna (one who produces great results but alienates everyone), what should you do? It’s simple. Bite the bullet and fire that person. Here are three reasons why you should:

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.

Team-building ideas: Rx for coaching your team to greatness

December 11, 2009

Well-supported teams receive the information, training and rewards they need to keep chugging along. Here are four prescriptions for coaching your team: