Leadership & Career

Getting Input Before Making a Decision

May 1, 2012
Leading from the top down no longer makes sense in the rapidly changing workplace. The most effective management style includes meaningful, ongoing collaboration between managers and employees.

The risk of radiation exposure

March 1, 2012
In the year since an earthquake and tsunami triggered Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, employees around the world are more aware of the dangers of radiation.

Less time, less data earn more kudos from CEOs

July 1, 2011
If you’re preparing to deliver a presentation to the top brass, remember three words: Less is more. Impatient CEOs want your conclusion, pronto.

Tiny motions, big feelings

July 1, 2011
The intensity with which you grip a pen as you sign a contract or write a check says something about how you feel at that moment. The question is whether you’re aware of those feelings.

Observe and learn from customers

April 1, 2011
Managers, like everyone else, are more comfortable and more skilled sticking to old patterns rather than embracing new ones. Experience may teach us certain lessons that become entrenched.

Micromanaging: 5 signs you’re doing it; 4 ways to stop it

March 28, 2011
When it comes to assigning projects, do you spend most of your time telling employees how to do the work? Or do you give them clear goals and guidelines, then get out of the way? Micromanaging is an inefficient use of a manager’s time. It signals distrust of employees and inhibits them from taking initiative. Here are key signs of micromanaging and advice on how to reduce it.

Healthy habits to fight stress

March 1, 2011
As hypertension, diabetes and other chronic ailments increase, many health experts believe stress management offers a strong defense.

To innovate, skip focus groups

March 1, 2011
Some managers assume the best way to spur innovation is to convene a brainstorming meeting or focus group of customers. But such groups can block creativity even as they try to promote it.

8 steps to a more productive meeting

February 15, 2011
Between vague agendas and never-ending PowerPoints, meetings have become a waste of time for many. Here’s how some experts structure their huddles to make them productive and run smoothly:

Butting heads

August 1, 2010
Wes, a manager at an electronics manufacturer, tells us about his confrontation with another senior executive.