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What You Need to Know About Key Performance...
Key Performance Indicators, also known as KPI or Key Success Indicators (KSI), help an organization define and reach its goals
Pareto's Principle: How This "80/20 Rule" Can...
Pareto's Principle or the 80-20 Rule helps you manage those things that really make a difference to your results
How Do You Define a Leader?
What Is A Leader? This describes the characteristics and traits of a leader. What makes a leader.
Individual Development Plan (IDP) Samples for...
Samples of individual development plans (IDPs) for managers
What Does a Manager Do, Anyway?
Glossary definition of manager, what it is and how manager relates to other management jobs
Could you be a micromanager? Take the quiz to...
Are you a micromanager? Take this quiz to find out if you are and what to do about it.
10 Things You Can Do to Become a Better Manager
Ten things you can do today to become a better manager
How You Ask Whether Customers Are Satisfied
The best way to find out whether your customers are satisfied is to ask them. The questions you ask are important. What you do with their answers is more important.
The Individual Development Plan and Discussion:...
How to prepare an individual development plan (IDP) and discuss it with your manager.
How to Deal With Difficult Employees (Without...
Dealing With Difficult Employees helps managers prepare a plan, confront the behavior, and find a solution to the inappropriate behavior of difficult employees.
What's the Difference Between Sick Leave and...
Employers have been moving to unspecified paid time off (PTO) instead of separating sick leave and vacation. Supposedly, it's good for employees because those that stay healthy have more vacation time, but is it really? Too often it just means sick workers come to the workplace and spread germs. It's time for companies to insist on sick leave so sick employees stay home.
Company Culture: What Is It and How Do You...
Company Culture, what it is and how to change it. How do you assess your current company culture. How do you change the company culture if necessary to align it to your values.
Running the Numbers: How to Do a Cost-Benefit...
Cost Benefit Analysis is a technique used to determine whether a planned action will turn out good or bad. Here is how a cost benefit analysis is done.
70 Awesome Coaching Questions Using the GROW...
Coaching is the art of asking questions to help someone achieve a goal or goals. This article provides managers with 70 awesome coaching questions to use within the GROW coaching model.
What Is Management, Anyway?
Management 101 is a basic look at management, a primer, from John Reh, your Guide to Management
Manage Projects Efficiently With These Tips
Project Management 101 outlines the four basic things a project manager must manage successfully.
30 Ways to Annoy Your Employees:
Here are 30 things that managers can do that are sure to annoy their employees, lower morale, and increase turnover.
"How Do We Get That Good?" How Businesses Use...
Benchmarking is the process of determining who sets the standard and what that standard is. It is done to motivate people to improve toward that goal. This articles will help you establish benchmarks and move your organization toward them.
How to Avoid Excessive Employee Turnover
Employee Turnover - What Is Turnover, How Do You Calculate It, What Can You Do About It - These And More Answers To Your Turnover Question Are Here.
What Are the 5 Mid-Level Management Positions?
What are the differences between various managemnet levels? What do managers at different levels do? Here is what you need to know about management levels.
5 Ways to Get Promoted to Management
Getting A First Management Job, what you need to know and do to get that first management job.
How to Manage a Project in 13 Steps
Article describes the steps in managing any project and the order to do the steps for successful project management
Understanding the Critical Path Project...
Critical path project management (CPM) is a technique used to complete projects on time by focusing on key tasks. Critical Path Management shows how to complete your project on time using the CPM method.
Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Senior Manager?
Glossary definition of senior manager, what it is and how senior manager relates to other management jobs
6 Ways to Achieve Your Goals in Management
What does a manager do? A manager doesn't DO anything. A manager manages other who do. But what are a managers tasks? This will tell you.
4 Types of Senior Management Level Jobs
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10 Books Every Aspiring Manager Should Read
A list of ten key business management books (with brief descriptions) you need to read to improve your management skills and people management abilities.
Critical Path
Detailed glossary definition of the business management term Critical Path (Critical Path Method, CPM), with examples.
Employee Grade Levels
Many companies find it useful to create employee grade levels. Creating employee grade levels assures equal compensation for the same work across different departments and divisions. These are sample employee grade level descriptions.
The Importance of Mentoring for Professional...
The satisfaction of being a mentor: what is a mentor, how to find a mentor, how to be a mentor?
Do You Really Own Your Job?
Your success often depends on your ability to take ownership of your job. Don't just do the job, but own it and really do it the best it can be done.
Smells Like Team Spirit: How To Foster Team...
How do you foster a culture of teamwork when your team is spread out all over the world? Read more to find out.
How to Track Your Company's Key Performance...
You can't manage what you don't measure. It is an old management adage that is accurate today. Unless you measure something you don't know if it is getting better or worse. You can not manage for improvement if you don't measure to see what is getting better and what is getting worse. This article, You Can't Manage What You Don't Measure, helps you know what to measure and how.
11 Ways for Leaders to Encourage Innovation...
Here are 11 things a leader can do to create an environment where employees are encouraged to be innovative.
THE 10 Most Important Leadership Qualities
There are many qualities of great leaders, but these ten qualities are indispensable. Read more to find out what they are.
4 Ways to Be a Success in Management
The things a Manager needs to do on his or her first day, if not before.
What Are the Responsibilities of a Supervisor?
Glossary definition of supervisor, what it is and how supervisor relates to other management jobs
The Top 10 Mistakes New Managers Make
List of mistakes many new managers make and how to avoid them
Top 7 KPI for Call Centers
Call center KPIs are fairly standard. This article describes several of the most common and points out the key management responsibility is what you do with the metrics.
What Does It Take to Be a Successful Project...
Project Management 101 outlines the four basic things a project manager must manage successfully. Part 2 focuses on resource management.
What is the Management Skills Pyramid?
The management skills pyramid shows the skills a manager must master to be successful and shows how these management skills build on each other toward success.
11 Essential Employee Questions That Every...
Here are 11 basic, fundamental, essential employee questions that every manager should be able to instantly answer. See if you can, and if not, maybe it's time to find out for yourself!
Are You Cut Out to Be a General Manager?
Glossary definition of general manager, what it is and how general manager relates to other management jobs
The Definition of a Leader
What exactly is a leader? How do you define leadership? What are the qualities of a leader? Is leadership the same as management? Read more to find out.
How to Deal with Difficult Employees
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Learn at Lunch, A Program To Help Employees Grow
Learn at Lunch, A Program To Help Employees Grow explains what a lunch and learn program is and how to set one up so the company and the employees both benefit from it.
Talk Like a Pro: Dictionary of Business...
Glossary of Business Management Terms, an A to Z Dictionary of Management Terms, from John Reh your Guide to Management
A Day in the Life of a Line Manager
Glossary definition of the business management term Line Manager.
Learn How To Write an RFP
How To Write An RFP details the steps in writing a successful RFP Request for Proposal or RFQ Request for Quote or Quotation
The Benefits of Cross Training Your Employees
Cross training is training someone in another activity that is related to their current work. It saves you money and makes them happier.
How to Break the Ice and Build a Strong Team
Team building exercises and icebreakers can help build a sense of team in your people, helping them find the team in teamwork. Page 2.
11 Tips for Effective Communication Skills
Interested in improving your communications skills? Here are the tips and tricks that will help you improve your communication skills and ability at work.
8 Ways to Develop Better Common Sense
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8 Proven Strategies for Increasing Customer...
Eight keys to increasing your customer satisfaction. How do you increase the customer satisfaction that is essential to any business?
7 Tips for Monitoring and Controling Worker...
One of the manager's basic functions is to monitor and control the work of employees. This article explains how to do that and keep everyone working together toward the same goal.
Manager's Guide to Writing a Progress Report
As a manager, you will be often called upon to report the progress of something you are working on or are responsible for. This article gives you an outline to guide the preparation of thsose repors.
How Call Centers Improve Customer Service
Many companies use software or services to monitor the behavior of their call center agents for performance and quality. Here's what you need to know about quality monitoring of call centers.
Essential Management Skills for Beginners
Level 1 is the basic skills any beginning manager must master. It is the foundation of the management skills pyramid which shows the skills a manager must master to be successful and shows how these management skills build on each other toward success.
3 Essential Elements of Project Management
how to manage project scope, making assumptions in a project, how to calculate project management risk
How to Protect Your Ideas With an NDA
Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) To Protect Your Intellectual Property - a look at how Non-disclosure Agreements can protect your Intellectual Property.
The 5 Stages of a Successful Project
What are the five stages of a project, how to start a project, what is project planning, what is project initiation, how to close a project, what is a project feedback loop, changes to a project.
What's the Difference Between Vision, Strategy...
Vision, Strategy, and Tactics. What they are, how they differ, and how to use them to make your organization successful.
Do You Know How to Use Organization Charts?
Read how Organization Charts can be effectively used as a Management Tool, not just a passive reflection of the way an organization has evolved.
12 Tips for Conducting Regular One-on-One...
Here are 12 suggestions for conducting regular employee one-on-one meetings.
Don’t Let a Bad Apple Spoil the Bunch:...
Here is an effective methodology to follow when developing an Employee Performance Plan.
How to Manage the Cost of Your Project
Project Management 101 outlines the four basic things a project manager must manage successfully. Part 4 focuses on managing costs, money, and profits.
10 Things We're Not Telling Our Bosses
10 things your employees may not be telling you - that you really do need to hear!
Soft Skills For Managers
Soft skills for managers lists the ten most important soft skills managers need to succeed
10 Ways to Give Negative Feedback Without...
When you need to give negative feedback, here are the things to remember.
7 Characteristics of a Fair Manager
Fairness is just good management. If you want to be a good manager you have to be fair to all. Learn what that means and how to be fair.
A Quick-Start Guide to Management Careers
What Is A Manager describes the basics of being a manager and the basics of what a manager does.
Are You Managing Your Time Efficiently?
Project Management 101 outlines the four basic things a project manager must manage successfully. Part 3 focuses on time and schedule management.
Pros and Cons of a Career in Management
Is Management For Me? examines the pros and cons of taking a management path in your career. Page 2.
20 Weird Things that Can Happen When You Become...
When making the transition from individual contributor to manager, some very subtle and not so subtle things start to happen. Weird things. Read more to find out what can happen.
Could a Career in Project Management Be Right...
Read this if you are a business owner looking for project management basics, want to be a project manager, or have questions about project management or managing scope and time and budget.
A Warm Body is NOT Better Than Nobody
What are the costs of a single bad hire? Here are five negative consequences.
The Best Leader I Ever Knew
Leadership is making people want to move together in the same direction. Being a leader is very different than being the boss. Here's how to spot the difference.
Why the Best Managers Don't Give Orders
Instead of giving orders, a smart manager gives instructions. Learn how to give instruction instead of giving orders to become a better manager.
Continuous Improvement Plan
Glossary definition of the business management term CIP, Continuous Improvement Process or Program
Planning a Project, The Basics
Planning a Project, The Basics tells you how to plan any project by using simple examples
The Beginner's Guide to Vesting
glossary definition of vesting as it pertains to stock and options
How to Choose the Right Career in Management
Here is a page that leads managers to what they need to know. It is based on where you are in your career and where your interests lie. On each visit you can go further along the path, retrace steps along the same path, or start down a new path.
8-Step Guide to Giving Positive Feedback
How to give positive feedback describes the steps to motivate employees through public recognition of their successes
How a 'Lunch with the CEO Program Helps...
Few CEOs do enough to maintain good relations with one important group of stakeholders, their employees. Lunch with the CEO is one way to correct that.
How to Measure, Then Boost Customer Satisfaction
Customer satisfaction is essential to any business. How do you measure your customer satisfaction and how can you increase your customer satisfaction?
How to Execute a Complex Project in 7 Steps
Page one of two pages using a company meeting as an example of project planning.
The Gentle Way to Implement Change in the...
Employee reaction to change is unpredictable and irrational, but can be managed.
Planning Project Dependencies - Planning For...
Project Managers must be able to plan for and manage the dependencies among tasks in their projects. The more complex a project is the more dependencies there will be among project tasks that must be planned for. Learn the different types and categories of project planning dependencies and how to manage the dependencies.
Beginner's Guide to Matrix Management
Glossary definition of the business management term Matrix Management
Employee Coaching: When To Step In
Employees can't learn if their manager does their work. You have to let people make mistakes if they are to learn. You can't just let them flounder on their own. Employee Coaching: When To Step In helps you decide when to step in and when to hang back and let them learn. Page 2.
How to Find the Best Candidate for the Job
What are the top questions a manager wants to ask of a prospective employe in a job interview and what do they tell you.
10 Rock Solid Truths about Management versus...
Learn about the key differences between management and leadership.
Subject Matter Expert
Glossary definition of the business management term Subject Matter Expert, SME.
3 Surprising Truths About Annual Performance...
The Annual Performance Review is usually a waste of time. Here is how to maximize the benefits from this required time waster
From Manager to Leader
In this guest article, From Manager to Leader, Leslie Kossoff explains the difference between management and leadership and details a step by step plan for anyone to become a leader.
8 Management Mythbusters
Do managers make more money? Do they get to order people around? Do the best performers make the best managers? Read about 8 common myths about management and the reality behind the myths.
Gross Revenue
glossary definition of management term Gross Revenue
The Benefits of Formal New Employee Training
Getting off on the right foot. New Employee training - is it worth the investment?
Top 10 Career Tips From Management Pros Who Know
Seasoned Managers offer their tips for new managers.
How Treating Employees Well Saves Your Company...
High employee turnover has a high cost for any business. Some of the cost is financial, but not all. Learn what you can do about it.
Top 10 Development Goals for Leaders for 2015
Are you looking for leadership development goals for your individual development plan? Here is a list of 10 to choose from, including delegating more, being more strategic, and being a better listener.
Getting Your Point Across
Getting your point across means concentrating less on what you want to say and more on what you want them to hear.
The 10 Essential Roles of a Manager
What exactly does a manager do? What should a manager do? This article describes the 11 essential roles of a manager.
The Best Leader I Ever Knew (cont.)
Leadership is making people want to move together in the same direction. Being a leader is very different than being the boss. Here's how to spot the difference. Page 2.
How to Manage
How to Manage provides short lessons in basic management tasks for managers who want to get better.
Bowling As A Team Building Exercise
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A Big List of Tips for Successful Business...
Quick Management Tips on Leadership Business Management Personal Development Marketing Quality and More to Make You More Effective
10 Ways to Ignite Employee Performance
Ten ways to improve employee performance.
Poor Listener Syndrome (PLS): 7 Causes and Cures
One of the most important skills for any manager is listening. Here are the seven most frequent causes for poor listening and a prescription for each cause.
Do You Work for a Toxic Boss?
The toxic Boss Syndrome. A toxic boss can sap a company's spirit and hurt its bottom line. Here's how to spot them and deal with them.
12 Ways for Leaders to Build a Solid Foundation...
Leadership requires a solid foundation of trust - Dan McCarthy, management and leadership expert, gives leaders a 12-step plan to build trust with their employees.
10 Surefire Ways to Annoy Your Manager
Avoid these ten annoying behaviors to have better relationship with your manager, and allow your great work to shine on its own.
3 Questions you MUST Answer Before Becoming a...
The decision to become a manager is an important one and should not be taken lightly. It is important to do some self-reflection, and examine your values and true motivations.
Key Skills and Abilities of a Strong Manager
How To Be A Better Manager - some key skills and abilities that help anyone be a better manager.
How to Hold a Productive Team Meeting
Tips for meeting management to make your meetings more productive.
Tips for new managers part one
Tips for new managers, management mistakes to avoid
Level 3 Management Skills
Level 3 is where the developing manager must master personal development. It is the next level of the management skills pyramid which shows the skills a manager must master to be successful and shows how these management skills build on each other toward success.
The Right People in the Wrong Jobs
The Right People in the Wrong Jobs - how you can make your people, and yourself, more productive and happier at the same time.
What Are Management Jobs?
What are management jobs? What management jobs can I get
A To Do List That Works
Doing a to do list like this works. You will get more done and feel better about yourself.
What’s the right leadership style for this?
Leadership styles differ depending on the leader, the team, and the situation. Learn how to get the most out of your team by applying the correct leadership style.
What is Change Management?
Change management is a way to successfully deal with the ongoing changes that affect any organization and its employees. Through careful planning, skillful execution, and appropriate follow-up you can minimize disruption and maximize chances for success in your change management.
How to Create a Succession Plan
11 data elements that should be included in a succession plan template.
How to Build a Winning Team
The best managers are always looking to take their team to the next level – they are never satisfied. They know that people like playing on a winning team, and it’s their role to put them in a position to win. Here’s how you can build a high performing, winning team.
How To Manage Older Workers
Younger gen X managers need to learn how to effectively manage older workers. An aging work force will require new skills of all managers and the older workers.
How to Manage Workplace Drama
Workplace conflict in inevitable, and it's a manager's job to deal with it. Learn strategies on how to mediate conflict between employees.
19 Proven Tips for Effective Retail Management
Top 20 Quick Retail Management Tips on Leadership, Business Management, Personal Development, Marketing, Quality, and More to Make You More Effective.
Level 2 Management Skills
Level 2 is the team building skills any developing manager must master. It is the next level of the management skills pyramid which shows the skills a manager must master to be successful and shows how these management skills build on each other toward success.
Golf As A Team Building Exercise
Team building exercises and icebreakers can help build a sense of team in your people, helping them find the team in teamwork. Golf or golfing works well, even with non-golfers.
10 Powerful Ways to Develop Your Employees
10 practical ways to develop your employees.
10 Models for Leading Change
Ten proven models for leading individual and organizational change.
7 Must-Read Books About Management
A list of seven key business management books you need to read to improve your management skill and people management abilities.
How to Organize Your Entire Life in 6 Easy Steps
Organize your work life and get clutter free. You will get more done, have less stress, be more efficient, and make more money. These tips tell you how.
There Is No "I" In Team
Sports teams not always a good analogy for building teams and teamwork in workplace business environment.
Office Romance
Office romance is fairly common these days as the office is where we spend so much of our time. Handled well it can lead to a relationship. Handled badly it can lead to a lawsuit for harassment.
How To Write a Mission Statement
a simple how to on writing a mission statement
10 Tips for Hiring Awesome Employees
Invest the time in hiring the best people and you won't have to invest the time later in in dealing with difficult employees. Here are ten ways to select great employee.
12 Ways to Become a More Strategic Manager
Learn 12 ways to become a more strategic manager.
10 Ways to Motivate Your Employees
Here are ten ways for managers to create a workplace environment where employees will feel motivated to do their best work.
Onboarding: Before The Employee Starts
The process of onboarding new employees begins even before they start. The process is important so these steps can help you be successful.
Want to Motivate Your Employees? Try This...
Giving Restricted Stock Is Better Than Giving Stock Options, even for high-tech start up companies in Silicon Valley, from John Reh your Guide to Management
How to deliver a tough message to your employee
Feedback sessions are tough when an employee is caught off guard. Taking a proactive approach to tough feedback eliminates the shock and surprise.
All Management Is People Management
Regardless of your industry, your company, or your job title, if you are a manager you must be a people manager. Managing people is not always easy, but it can be rewarding. Here's what you should know.
How to Define Project Scope
Glossary definition of Project Scope
Build A Work Breakdown Structure
Project Managers use a work breakdown structure (WBS) to define and organize the tasks needed to complete the project.
5 Steps for Effective Business Writing
Writing, whether for business or any other purpose, has certain rules for success. To write effectively follow these rules.
How to Innovate in Business
Innovation is essential to business success - how to innovate in business in six steps
Mentors and Mentoring: Being a Mentor
There is little that can give you the satisfaction of being a mentor. Mentoring: what is a mentor, finding a mentor, how to be a mentor.
7 Ways to Assess for Leadership Potential
Here are 7 different ways to use the performance and potential 9 box matrix to assess for leadership potential for succession planning.
How Do I Motivate Employees?
Managers must know how to motivate their employees. These articles answer the question how do I motivate employees or workers.

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