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Managing Smart: Back to Basics

by Katharine Giacalone Being an effective manager takes work. If you are new to the role with little or no training, you will discover there’s a difference between being a great employee and managing great employees. Here are five concepts managers most likely know but tend to forget—what I refer to as “neglected knowledge.” Let’s […]

Managing Smart: Disconnect and Reboot

Interview by Donna M. Owens Are you tethered to the workplace via your mobile device? Do you feel compelled to answer late-night or weekend e-mails? If you fit the description of a hyper-connected worker—and millions of Americans do—then Harvard Business School professor Leslie A. Perlow has a revolutionary message: Disconnect. Perlow is a trained ethnographer […]

Managing Smart: Lead with Hope

By Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D. Managers don’t necessarily have the budget or staff they need or want, but they do have an infinite resource—their own hope and the hopeful thinking of their followers. Your hope for the future can make hope happen for the people who work for you. Employees need your hope, according to […]

Managing Smart: Take a Time-Out for Your Team to Reflect

By Jonathan Gosling and Henry Mintzberg Experts talk a great deal these days about the importance of action in managerial work—managers must be doers. That goes without saying. But they also must be thinkers. They need to take time to reflect on the meaning of everyday experiences. The Latin origin of the word “reflection” lends […]

Managing Smart: Be a Change Capitalist

By Christina Schlachter  Change is inevitable and constant in today’s workplace. Managers can either fight it or become part of the solution. To do the latter, you need to capitalize on change initiatives to show your value as a leader. Here are five powerful ways to be an effective change leader: Support organizational goals with […]

Managing Smart: Engaged Managers, Engaged Employees

By Jathan Janove The responsibility of full engagement does not fall solely on employees. An employee may be engaged in one organization or department and disengaged in another environment. Or, the employee may start off engaged and then slowly move into the disengaged, or transactional, category. Managers often hold the keys to whether employees are […]

Managing Smart: Hiring Assets

By Matthew Beecher   In recruiting, hiring managers often fill positions based on corporate-specified education levels and years of experience. This two-step checklist can give hiring managers a false sense of completion. When managers settle into the checklist mentality, they often fail to identify how the candidates can further enhance the entire workplace. In an […]

Managing Smart: Transform into a Great Leader

By Sam Standard, Ph.D. When it comes to leading, how good are you? I mean, really? As leaders, most of us take pride in our ability to work with others, be agents of change, and guide teams through the ups and downs of operational life. Typically, we have strengths and weaknesses. Transformational leaders admit weaknesses […]

Managing Smart: Mind Your Reputation

By Chris Komisarjevsky If you ask people you admire if reputation is an important component of their careers, the answer undoubtedly will be “yes.” Ask them how they built their reputations, and the response likely will include the time it took and how it needs to be guarded, recognizing that a good reputation can be […]

Managing Smart: Reduce Fear of Rejection to Increase Cont...

By Ann Tardy Every person wants to make a contribution but fears rejection of their ideas. The push of wanting to make a difference leads us to want to make contributions, but the pull of rejection of those contributions by our supervisors and peers can hinder progress. Leaders can help employees minimize that fear and […]