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What Managers Can Learn From Team Sports

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It's more than teamwork. To keep workers performing and engaged, managers must emphasize responsibility, behavior, feedback, measurable goals, and results. Imagine that you work in a manufacturing facility where your job is to prepare Persian vases for packaging. The v... More »

Management vs. Leadership in the Public Sector

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Alvin William Musgrave Jr

This is the time when we can have a rebirth in leadership and seize the opportunity to reform management practices in our public institutions. What does it mean to manage in government? Is that different from leading, and if so, what is that difference? Can managers be... More »

Individuality, Integration: Leadership Styles in Team Collaboration

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Heather Getha-Taylor

Today's heightened attention to collaboration amid resource constraints and boundary-spanning problems places new requirements on public managers at all levels of government. Managers must balance the demands of hierarchical leadership within their home organizations wi... More »

Clinical Psychology for Line Leaders: Help With Your Biggest Challenges

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In her recent book, What Keeps Leaders Up at Night, Lipkin acknowledges that regardless of your experience and personal management theories, “when it comes to effective leadership, it’s all about managing the messy, complicated, illogical, and fallible human... More »

15 Roles Leaders Play to Manage Performance and Accountability

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Chris DeVany

When managing performance and accountability, frontline managers take on a variety of roles as they interact with other people. These roles are the character that the manager assumes in a particular situation, much like the roles actors play in a film or show. More »

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