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10 Things We're Not Telling Our Bosses
10 things your employees may not be telling you - that you really do need to hear!
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.
50 Ways to Develop Leaders (using the 9 box...
50 Leadership Development Ideas for the 9 Box Performance and Potential Matrix
10 Things You Can Do to Become a Better Manager
Ten things you can do today to become a better manager
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.
7 Ways to Assess for Leadership Potential
How to use the performance and potential 9 box matrix to assess for leadership potential for succession planning.
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.
Manage Projects Efficiently With These Tips
Project Management 101 outlines the four basic things a project manager must manage successfully.
What Is Management, Anyway?
Management 101 is a basic look at management, a primer, from John Reh, your Guide to 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Individual Development Plan (IDP) Samples for...
Samples of individual development plans (IDPs) for managers
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
4 Types of Senior Management Level Jobs
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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.
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
4 Ways to Be a Success in Management
The things a Manager needs to do on his or her first day, if not before.
How to Use the 9 Box Matrix for Succession...
How to Use the Performance and Potential 9 Box Matrix for Succession Planning and Development.
The Top 10 Mistakes New Managers Make
List of mistakes many new managers make and how to avoid them
8 Reasons to Use the 9 Box Matrix for...
Find out why the 9 box performance and potential matrix can be such a valuable tool for succession planning and leadership development.
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.
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
What Are the Responsibilities of a Supervisor?
Glossary definition of supervisor, what it is and how supervisor relates to other management jobs
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?
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
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.
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.
A Day in the Life of a Line Manager
Glossary definition of the business management term Line Manager.
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
Soft Skills For Managers
Soft skills for managers lists the ten most important soft skills managers need to succeed
Critical Path
Detailed glossary definition of the business management term Critical Path (Critical Path Method, CPM), with examples.
How to Get Management Experience When You're...
How to Get Management Experience When You’re not a Manager
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.
The Top 10 Performance Appraisal Blunders a...
A cynical look at some of the common performance appraisal mistakes managers make.
Planning a Project, The Basics
Planning a Project, The Basics tells you how to plan any project by using simple examples
3 Essential Elements of Project Management
how to manage project scope, making assumptions in a project, how to calculate project management risk
10 Ways to Ignite Employee Performance
Ten ways to improve employee performance.
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.
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 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.
Message to My Manager: Stop Trying to Motivate...
A message to managers: stop trying to motivate employees with methods that just don't work!
10 Ways to Give Negative Feedback Without...
When you need to give negative feedback, here are the things to remember.
The Gentle Way to Implement Change in the...
Employee reaction to change is unpredictable and irrational, but can be managed.
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.
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.
How to Execute a Complex Project in 7 Steps
Page one of two pages using a company meeting as an example of project planning.
10 Rock Solid Truths about Management versus...
Learn about the key differences between management and leadership.
30 Definitions of Leadership
Leadership quotes: 30 definitions of leadership
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.
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.
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
The George Costanza Approach to Leadership...
How to learn valuable leadership from your worst bosses.
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.
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.
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.
The Beginner's Guide to Vesting
glossary definition of vesting as it pertains to stock and options
8 Ways to Develop Better Common Sense
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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Tips for new managers part one
Tips for new managers, management mistakes to avoid
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.
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.
Gross Revenue
glossary definition of management term Gross Revenue
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.
Beginner's Guide to Matrix Management
Glossary definition of the business management term Matrix Management
8-Step Guide to Giving Positive Feedback
How to give positive feedback describes the steps to motivate employees through public recognition of their successes
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 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 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.
Bowling As A Team Building Exercise
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How to Define Project Scope
Glossary definition of Project Scope
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
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 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 Manager’s Guide for the Holiday Season
A manager's guide to office holiday celebrations.
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.
Top 10 Career Tips From Management Pros Who Know
Seasoned Managers offer their tips for new managers.
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.
Top 5 Gifts for Great Bosses
Every once in awhile you find yourself working for a great boss. Here are some gifts to show how much you appreciate him or her.
How to Create a Succession Plan
11 data elements that should be included in a succession plan template.
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.
Continuous Improvement Plan
Glossary definition of the business management term CIP, Continuous Improvement Process or Program
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.
10 Things a Manager Should Never Delegate
Ten things a manager should never, ever delegate to employees.
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.
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’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.
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.
How to Manage
How to Manage provides short lessons in basic management tasks for managers who want to get better.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
How to Hold a Productive Team Meeting
Tips for meeting management to make your meetings more productive.
The Benefits of Formal New Employee Training
Getting off on the right foot. New Employee training - is it worth the investment?
Subject Matter Expert
Glossary definition of the business management term Subject Matter Expert, SME.
Don't Multi-task When You Can Use Chunking
Multi-tasking has become a way of life for many people, but should be replaced by the more efficient use of chunking.
How to Manage Your Boss So Your Boss Won't...
Follow these ten tips and you’ll increase your chances of having a positive, trusting, and productive relationship with your boss.
What Are Management Jobs?
What are management jobs? What management jobs can I get
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.
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.
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.
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.
Understanding Restricted Stock Options
Restricted Stock grants, an FAQ, frequently asked questions, about what they are and how they compare to stock options.
Surviving The Office Party
The annual office holiday party is more office than party. Your career needs you to act accordingly.
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.
Most References are Worthless (unless they are...
Learn about the importance of speaking to former managers during the reference checking part of the hiring process.
KSA
glossary of the human resources business management term KSA, Knowledge, Skills and 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.
A To Do List That Works
Doing a to do list like this works. You will get more done and feel better about yourself.
Human Resources Information System
Glossary definition of the business management term HRIS, Human Resources Information System
Leaving a Legacy is About More than Just You
What leaders can do today to help create a culture that allows their legacy to continue long after they are gone.
Tips for New Managers: Part two
Tips for new managers, management mistakes to avoid
Cross-functional Teams Are A Way To Get Ahead
Being on a cross-functional team is one way to advance your career. Here is how being on one can help you get ahead.
10 Essential Training Programs Every Manager/Le...
Ten essential training programs that every manager/leader needs to take for early supervisory, mid-manager, and executive roles.
Key Success Indicators
Glossary definition of Key Success Indicators (KSI).
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.
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.
Insiders Guide To The Hiring Decision
The Insiders Guide To The Hiring Decision details how the hiring manager acually makes the decision of which candidate to hire.
Hey Boss: Don't Manage Us Like Your Fantasy...
While there may be a few similarities between managing fantasy football teams and managing real people, here are five important differences.
Managing Mergers Successfully
Merger mania is not going to go away so successful managers must learn how to manage through this turmoil
Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). What is Total Cost of Ownership and how does TCO differ between industries?
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.
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