management skills

A successful manager dances a delicate dance. On one hand, he has to exert a confident sense of purpose and direction and efficiently communicate strategy and tactics to his team. On the other hand, while his team expects him to genuinely lead the charge, it is also imperative that he intelligently work with his team, welcoming all input and collaborative motions so that he can competently lay the tracks in front of the racing locomotive of progress such that it continues to move make sure that things are moving in the best direction. The Matrix Manager Inventory: Leading in a, Read More

Businesses have cross-functional and multi-functional teams, virtual environments, and dotted-line reporting relationships.  They are now being replaced with organizational charts that look more like a spiderweb than anything else! The keyword is Matrix Management. And it’s a good thing. Here’s why: Simply put, you can’t do today’s work with yesterday’s top-down approach. There was a time when a single chain of command drove performance but withith the emergence of workforce globalization, customer insistence, and technology fluctuation, this once-effective approach has become a hindrance to creativity, innovation, and accountability. Success now comes from collaborating with multiple touch points and building dynamic, Read More

FREE Webinar Wednesday, August 14 11am – 12pm ET While projects usually start with good intentions and lots of enthusiasm, it’s sometimes difficult to maintain that focus and energy when you have to juggle multiple priorities at the same time. No longer just the responsibility of those trained as project specialists, the ability to manage everyday projects is a requirement for many people in today’s organizations. Join author and project management expert Lou Russell for an hour-long session that will address common stumbling blocks and offer you a practical formula for success. What You Will Learn What it means to, Read More

A Guest-Post from Lou Russell President and CEO of Russell Martin & Associates and author of Rocket, Project Management for Trainers, Leadership Training, and 10 Steps to Successful Project Management. .  .  .  .  . “The project manager is the linchpin in the horizontal/vertical organizations we’re creating.” – William Dauphinais Imagine you are in a room with 100 people. Take a moment and think about how you and a team of four other people would gather as many signatures as possible (one per person max) on a single sheet of paper in two minutes. This exercise would demonstrate some basic, Read More

Is your organization moving in the right direction?  Are you sure?  Sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of the forest for the trees – and things may not be functioning well on a larger scale than is examined on an everyday basis.  We often talk about alignment and setting metrics for achievement and success, but how are these metrics established?  Does your organization have a strategic plan? The benefits of strategic planning are countless. One reason a strategic plan is so important is that it establishes your organization’s measures for success.  In order to set milestones and measure progress, you, Read More

When employees become supervisors, just as with any time their position within a workflow changes, they need to put a new set of skills to use. Regardless of their technical expertise, all supervisors need a specific set of soft skills to fill their role successfully.  As a supervisor, they are a translator, a communicator, a planner, and a coach.  They are accountable to the organization they work for, the employees they supervise, and the other groups and individuals involved in the work their team puts out. For their organization, supervisors serve as a translator – they create actionable plans based, Read More

FREE WEBINAR Hosted by HRDQ Presented by Marcia Hughes and James Bradford Terrell Wednesday, May 15, 2013 2:00pm – 3:00pm eastern time If your organization’s teams are lacking direction, control, or the desire to achieve, underdeveloped emotional intelligence could be the cause. A prerequisite for success, research shows that emotional intelligence is a key driver in team and interpersonal dynamics. Join presenters Marcia Hughes and James Terrell for an informative free webinar that will help trainers, consultants, team leaders, and OD professionals navigate the road of emotional and social intelligence. They’ll explore the seven emotional competencies and discuss how each relates, Read More

Managing employees is a true feat of soft skills.  Communication, personality style, leadership, and  project and performance management are all put to the test on a daily basis. Sometimes, the employees you manage might seem like they’re on another planet, even when they’re sitting right in front of you.  So, what if they’re in another building?  Another city?  Another country?  Actually ON another planet?  It happens. When employees are discreetly distributed, the manager’s position becomes more important and requires a broader skill set.  The manager may be the only link between employees – the one to set schedules, allocate resources,, Read More

The last thing leadership relationships should do is stand in the way of productivity. At HRDQ, we often make the assertion that leadership is pretty straightforward – it’s a specific set of skills that can be learned by anyone. (And we’re right.)  But that doesn’t mean that every leader behaves the same way, or is regarded in the same way. And when differing behaviors are perceived by others, they may come across as “incorrect” or non-beneficial.  They may be dismissed altogether.  Often, these differing behaviors are displayed by leaders of different generations – forming a rift in leadership teams. With, Read More

FREE WEBINAR Hosted by HRDQ Presented by Ron Carrucci and Josh Epperson Wednesday, March 20, 2013 2:00pm – 3:00pm eastern time Now more than ever, organizations are struggling with generational differences in the workplace. Transferring years of experience and knowledge from incumbent leaders to senior managers to the generation climbing the ranks is no easy challenge under normal circumstances. And when issues surrounding communication preferences, assumptions about authority, power, control, and lifestyle are present, that process is made all the more difficult. So what’s the best way for organizations to bridge the gap, so to speak? Join subject matter experts Ron, Read More

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