Tips for Managers

Spur ideation

January 1, 2014
Encourage your team to think boldly about changes by asking them to imagine that your organization’s products, services, systems and processes have just been destroyed.

New supervisor tip

January 1, 2014
Leadership consultant and co-author of the Thoughtful Leaders blog, Lisa Kohn says one of the smartest things you can do as a new supervisor is to catch people in the act of doing great things and to celebrate those moments.

Budget-friendly training method

January 1, 2014
You can provide ongoing training—on a shoestring budget—by starting a book club. It’s simple: The team commits to reading a book by a selected due date, and then you meet to discuss what you have learned.

Brag about ex-employees

January 1, 2014
Improve morale on your team by bragging about the employees who have left your team—either through promotions or by leaving the organization. Bragging about individuals who went on to bigger and better things can show just how well you train people to become superstars.

Explain decisions

January 1, 2014
Team members don’t always expect to be right. They also don’t expect you to adopt all their ideas. However, if they’re going to feel empowered, you must show that you value their thoughts and contributions.

Set employees’ priorities straight

January 1, 2014
Some employees refuse to put their jobs first—even at work. Job duties take a backseat to personal obligations, and that is often a huge drain on other employees’ time and patience. Don’t let them get away with it.

Use infographics to convey messages

January 1, 2014
Infographics are becoming one of the hottest ways to engage customers and employees by providing information in a visually appealing graphic. Here are some great ways to use infographics at work:

Determine if employees are promotable

January 1, 2014
Grooming employees for bigger and better things in your organization is a key responsibility for managers. Here’s how to determine if employees are ready to advance within your organization:

Gain support from department heads

January 1, 2014
Change is incredibly hard for some people, so you need advocates for any new plans you propose. Start with your management team. Before you launch a large-scale change initiative, such as rebranding, take this tip from Paul Anderson, CEO of leading global resources company BHP Billiton.

Manage an egomaniac

November 1, 2013
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