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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
10 Things We're Not Telling Our Bosses
10 things your employees may not be telling you - that you really do need to hear!
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.
10 Reasons Why Superstar Employees Make Lousy...
Why do so many great employees become bad managers? Read more to find out.
There’s No Crying in Football (or at Work)
Is it OK to cry at work? How should a manager deal with crying at work? Read more to find out.
What Does a Manager Do, Anyway?
Glossary definition of manager, what it is and how manager relates to other management jobs
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.
10 Things You Can Do to Become a Better Manager
Ten things you can do today to become a better manager
What Is Management, Anyway?
Management 101 is a basic look at management, a primer, from John Reh, your Guide to Management
Halloween At The Office
Halloween At The Office outlines how businesses can use the event to build morale and teamwork and at the same time find creative and participation talents among their employees.
Manage Projects Efficiently With These Tips
Project Management 101 outlines the four basic things a project manager must manage successfully.
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.
Leaders: Don't Hog the Cookies and Then Eat...
6 things a leader should not do and do.
Individual Development Plan (IDP) Samples for...
Samples of individual development plans (IDPs) for managers
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
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.
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.
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. Page 2.
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.
"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.
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.
30 Definitions of Leadership
Leadership quotes: 30 definitions of leadership
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.
Halloween At The Office - Good Costume Choices
Halloween At The Office suggests costumes that are appropriate and good choices for the office Halloween party. Page 4.
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.
How to Utilize Informal Coaching to Improve...
How to move from annual, formal performance review to informal, day-to-day coaching and feedback.
The Top 10 Mistakes New Managers Make
List of mistakes many new managers make and how to avoid them
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
4 Types of Senior Management Level Jobs
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4 Ways to Be a Success in Management
The things a Manager needs to do on his or her first day, if not before.
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.
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
A Day in the Life of a Line Manager
Glossary definition of the business management term Line Manager.
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 Top 10 Performance Appraisal Blunders a...
A cynical look at some of the common performance appraisal mistakes managers make.
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.
What Are the Responsibilities of a Supervisor?
Glossary definition of supervisor, what it is and how supervisor relates to other management jobs
10 Rock Solid Truths about Management versus...
Learn about the key differences between management and leadership.
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 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.
The George Costanza Approach to Leadership...
How to learn valuable leadership from your worst bosses.
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?
Halloween At The Office - Costumes for the Shy
Halloween At The Office suggests appropriate costumes for shy employees who are concerned about feeling silly or embarrassed. Page 2.
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.
10 Ways to Ignite Employee Performance
Ten ways to improve employee performance.
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.
Halloween At The Office - Inappropriate Costumes
Halloween At The Office identifies costumes that are inappropriate for the office Halloween party. Page 3.
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.
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.
The Gentle Way to Implement Change in the...
Employee reaction to change is unpredictable and irrational, but can be managed.
3 Essential Elements of Project Management
how to manage project scope, making assumptions in a project, how to calculate project management risk
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
Soft Skills For Managers
Soft skills for managers lists the ten most important soft skills managers need to succeed
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.
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.
The Benefits of Formal New Employee Training
Getting off on the right foot. New Employee training - is it worth the investment?
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.
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.
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.
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?
Planning a Project, The Basics
Planning a Project, The Basics tells you how to plan any project by using simple examples
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Reach a Consensus Decision and Not Go...
This framework will enable a leader to involve others in consensus decision making, in a way that is energizing and efficient for employees.
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.
Critical Path
Detailed glossary definition of the business management term Critical Path (Critical Path Method, CPM), with examples.
10 Ways to Give Negative Feedback Without...
When you need to give negative feedback, here are the things to remember.
How to Deal With a Lazy Employee
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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.
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.
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.
10 Nightmares That Cause Managers to Lose Sleep
Ten of the most difficult challenges a manager can face and how to handle them.
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.
Tips for new managers part one
Tips for new managers, management mistakes to avoid
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.
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.
How to Define Project Scope
Glossary definition of Project Scope
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.
12 Ways to Become a More Strategic Manager
Learn 12 ways to become a more strategic manager.
Lessons Learned From Enron
The many lessons learned from the Enron and Arthur Andersen debacle include the danger of yes-men and lack of dissent.
When Your Employees Go To War
Part 3 of Business Management And War, Reemployment Rights of Former Military Personnel, looks at the reemployment rights of workers returning from US military service
10 Steps to Get Your Team Marching Towards the...
If you're taking over a new team, starting a project, or just need to take your team in another direction, here's a ten-step process on how to create a shared vision using a collaborative approach.
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.
Beginner's Guide to Matrix Management
Glossary definition of the business management term Matrix Management
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.
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.
A Skeptic’s Guide to Mindfulness Training
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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.
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.
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.
Gross Revenue
glossary definition of management term Gross Revenue
How to Execute a Complex Project in 7 Steps
Page one of two pages using a company meeting as an example of project planning.
8-Step Guide to Giving Positive Feedback
How to give positive feedback describes the steps to motivate employees through public recognition of their successes
Late For Work Excuses
Some people are always late for work. Their excuses are no better than those who are seldom late for work. Here are the best excuses for being late for work and you can add yours.
Business Management And War - Part 1 - Before...
Part 1 of Business Management And War looks at preparations, what to do for your business and employees before the call ups start
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.
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
What Does it Really Mean to be a "High...
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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 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.
Your Boss Is Watching You
More companies are monitoring their employees electronically. Why? What can you do about it?
10 Powerful Ways to Develop Your Employees
10 practical ways to develop your employees.
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.
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.
The 3 Cs for Creating a Positive Leadership...
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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.
Top 10 Career Tips From Management Pros Who Know
Seasoned Managers offer their tips for new managers.
Attracting and Retaining Talent Starts with...
Learn how great leaders attract and retain great talent
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.
What Can a Red Horse Teach Us About Management...
The Lesson of the Red Horse stresses the importance of employee motivation and its effect on performance, from your About.com Guide to Management
10 Really Lame Reasons for Not Developing Your...
A compelling argument for why managers should invest in the development of their employees.
The Beginner's Guide to Vesting
glossary definition of vesting as it pertains to stock and options
What Are Management Jobs?
What are management jobs? What management jobs can I get
Networking
Networking is how you make the business connections you need to get your job done. You may not like office politics, but you must master networking.
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.
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
CEOs Are Massively Overpaid. Here's What You...
CEOs of US corporations are paid too much for what they do; too much more than their average worker.
Bowling As A Team Building Exercise
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How to Hold a Productive Team Meeting
Tips for meeting management to make your meetings more productive.
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.
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 Read An Income Statement
How to Read an Income Statement is a description of the line items typically found in a company's income statement.
8 Ways to Develop Better Common Sense
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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 Drives Customer Satisfaction?
Key driver analysis tells you what is most important to your customers and where to spend your money for the greatest impact. Key driver charts help you understand the results of a key driver analysis quickly so you can take action.
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.
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.
Theory Y
glossary definition of the business management term Theory y, coined by Douglas McGreagor.
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?
Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). What is Total Cost of Ownership and how does TCO differ between industries?
5 Fatal Flaws Managers Make When Setting Annual...
A proven way for managers to set strategically aligned employee goals that produce maximum commitment.
How to Reorganize in a Way That Won't Create...
Reorganizations, if not carefully planned out, can result in unnecessary anxiety, cynicism, and chaos. These guidelines can help ensure that your objectives are achieved and help to minimize disruption.
A To Do List That Works
Doing a to do list like this works. You will get more done and feel better about yourself.
Should You Hire Overqualified Workers?
Should you hire workers considered overqualified and will overqualified workers be helpful or disruptive
New Manager's Guide to Performance Metrics
Metrics, in a business management sense, are merely a set of measurements that quantify results, like return on investment (ROI) or market share.
Retail Management Tip for Today
Retail Management Tip R1, It's the Customer, Stupid
Do your employees trust you?
Do your employees trust you? A recent survey suggests they probably do not. Two questions - Does that matter? And how do you find out?
But Am I Making Any Money?
But Am I Making Any Money - skyrocketing sales are not any good unless you make a profit from each one.
Would You Fire an Employee for Putting the...
This article shows managers how to distinguish between a legitimate performance issue and a personal pet peeve.
The Peter Principle
The Peter Principle hold that people are promoted to the level at which they are incompetent and then remain there. There are ways around that problem.
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