I once witnessed a novice manager’s development, and it was very successful. This person managed to avoid almost all the typical mistakes of novice managers. Analyzing the situation, I realized: this happened not only because he is a great guy, possessing all the right qualities and skills of a good manager, but also because the absence of deep expertise in the subject area allowed this person to avoid many mistakes which are natural for an expert. What are common mistakes new managers make? Continue reading What are Common Mistakes New Managers Make?
The list seems to be everywhere on what makes a great leader and it usually includes some of the same characteristics and skills: honesty, clear communication, strong business acumen, and effective negotiation skills. What they tend to lose, however, is that effective leadership involves the right tactical strategy. Effective leaders learn how to launch a comprehensive series of short-term plans and long-term put their company on the road to the success of the company, but how do you develop leadership skills in your employees? Continue reading How Do You Develop Leadership Skills in Your Employees?
In the past, we have witnessed the rise of the Internet and the rapid development of technology, among other things. For a few months already, we have been witnessing the growing popularity of virtual or remote teams. Whether we like remote work or not, this work concept is keeping the global economy afloat. But, how do you lead a virtual team effectively? Continue reading How Do You Effectively Lead a Virtual Team?
Great managers today need a variety of skills including both technical and people skills. While there has been a lot written about the soft side of management, what kind of technical skills to great managers need? Continue reading What Technical Skills Do Great Managers Need?
One question asked endlessly in business, academic, political, and other circles is, “What’s the difference between a manager and a leader?” The most often quoted answer seems to be, “The manager does things right – the leader does the right things.” What exactly does that mean – “doing the right thing”? Does that mean history tells us whether the leader did the right thing? Can someone be a leader even if they end up on the losing side? What are the qualities of a great leader? Continue reading What Are 10 Great Leader Qualities?