What are the Qualities of a "Great" Executive?

Top Leadership skills that make Great Leaders

What’s the difference between a good leader and a great one? Dr. Mortimer Feinberg, a consultant psychologist to American big business for many years, gives this definition: “The best corporate officers, the men who are recognized as tops, have a lot of energy and drive. They do many different things simultaneously—not all of them well, necessarily—but they are driven, people. Napoleon could do seven things at once. Look for such traits in your subordinates. “I…

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Learn the power of "Participation".

How to improve employees participation?

Psychologists working in the field of group dynamics have long been aware that people behave differently in groups than they do as individuals. Moreover, studies conducted during World War II showed that housewives who participated in group discussions on the dietary value of citrus fruits tended to use citrus fruits to a greater degree than matched groups that were simply lectured at, on the same subject, by dieticians. Implication of management If employees were given…

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Ways to show your ability, "to work under pressure."

Top Management tips to Develop Employees Skills

When you’re under time pressure, it can be difficult to make work assignments efficiently. You may forget that Tom, who is temporarily out of your sight, might be the best man for a given assignment, and you may put Harry on it instead. The results may be unsatisfactory. A simple chart can take some of the hit-or-miss quality out of job assignments. Here’s a sample: You make the chart work by these steps: ■ Step…

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Tips on supervision - "How to onboard a new manager," and help him do his job well.

Tips for Effective Supervision and Employee Motivation

Occasionally, executives face the task of putting a new man in a supervisory job. His qualifications naturally have been found adequate. But a personal “message” from you can help him approach his responsibility with more understanding—both of his job and your expectations. So its time to learn some tips for supervision and superior employee performance. Also, following suggestions probably won’t be made in one sitting, but over a period of time. These “principles of supervision”…

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Key Management Concepts

Effective Management Techniques to become a Leader

With the work of Frederick Winslow Taylor, the management of the business corporation developed a scientific orientation. Taylor’s approach, called “Scientific Management,” brought the idea of system and method to the working world. Since Taylor’s day, the science of management has moved ahead on the basis of concepts and innovative thinking contributed by industrial psychologists, management experts, and others dedicated to the world of the corporation. In this section, you will find the major foundation…

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When a key employee starts throwing his weight around 

Tips to Handle Difficult Situation Effectively 

One of your subordinates is a highly skilled man, who knows he can get another job for the asking and would be hard to replace. He has been taking advantage of the situation- coming in late, giving you arguments instead of cooperation, and even, you suspect, talking slightly of you to other employees. Learn tips and tricks to handle difficult situation effectively. Should you: Recommend his discharge. Close your eyes and hope for the best.…

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Leadership and Motivation

Leadership and Motivation

Leadership has been defined by the late President Eisenhower as “the ability to get people to do what you want because they want to do it.” This statement also includes the concept of motivation: the ways and means of getting people to want to do whatever is to be done. Some management observers feel that the idea of leadership is outdated. The traditional image of the business leader who stands at the head of his…

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The Over-Optimistic Subordinate

The Over-Optimistic Subordinate

Optimism is usually a virtue—except when it is so excessive it blinds the individual to the facts or reality of a situation. For some people, optimism is an escape hatch from failure. Errors are shrugged off, not mended. “Things could be worse,” he points out. Behind over-optimism may be a considerable degree of irresponsibility and immaturity. In attempting to modify his viewpoint, plan a continuing campaign: Start by putting solid ground underfoot. Stress the importance…

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Handling Employee Feuds

Handling Employee Feuds

When two of your employees are in conflict, the consequences can involve your entire staff. The case may even resound in the highest echelons of your company. On the other hand, it’s easy to distort the differences between two individuals. A mild disagreement, even a quarrel, may represent a temporary state of affairs. People, being human, don’t always like or respect one another. However, when you become aware of friction between employees there are steps…

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Dealing with the Interpersonal Problems

Dealing with the Interpersonal Problems

“Among the touchiest, most explosive problems an executive must face,” says Lee J. Smith, president of Tri-Tex Advertising, of Dallas, “are those dealing with attitudes, values, or habits of subordinates.” What’s referred to here are situations that arise on the work scene that cannot be dealt with on a simple matter-of-fact basis. For example: A valued employee tells you he’s leaving for another job. You must fire a subordinate. An employee complains to you about…

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