What separates talented middle managers from the people who make great leaders? What skills do you look for an employee, and how do you go about training them for corporate leadership? Below, we take a look at research from the Center for Creative Leadership that reveals some surprising findings about those in line for upper management.
Over the past three weeks, we’ve been interviewing people in my office for leadership positions on our internal teams. The process has triggered memories of the first time I applied for a supervisory position. I’d been on the job for six months, and I thought I was on the fast track. But during my interview, the questions turned to how people around me were performing. I had no idea what to say.
With a new year comes a look back at what went right and what didn’t go so right in 2011. Over the past 12 months we learned that over 50 percent of our employees said that if the economy were better, they’d change jobs. That speaks volumes about our workplace and how we manage.
TIVO and DVRs completely changed the way we watch television. People no longer have to watch a program at the exact time it's aired, since it's so easy to record it and watch whenever you have the time. So what can workplace learning professionals learn from the TIVO generation about the future of learning?
You have probably seen Ghostbusters a number of times without realizing how some of the principles in the film can be applied to management. Well they can – and here they are. All you managers, it's time to take your cues from Peter, Raymond, Egon and Louis.
In the workplace, change is the new constant. With the increase in access to information, successful organizations must always be adapting, changing, learning and growing. This can wear your employees out.
Project managers are often thought of as the gears that keep a business moving full-steam ahead. But with the high-stakes pressure of deadlines, limited staff, and tight budgets, they need all the help they can get. One survey, conducted by PM Solutions Research provides some insight into how companies are going about training their project managers — and the positive results they are witnessing.
Serious skill is required to navigate the galactic asteroid fields of employee management. Whether you've mastered the art of the Jedi Mind Trick — or your employees would sooner follow instructions from a Wookie — here are some specific ways in which your management skills can benefit from the ancient trials of Jedi training.