Management: Tools for Being a Better Manager
“Management” is such a broad and vague term, but at its core management entails the fine art of supervising other people. Whether you’re a high-level executive, run a small business, or work in middle or lower management, the job of managing people involves many pitfalls and challenges. In this Web Guide we recommend the best places on the Internet to get general management advice. You’ll learn about hiring and firing, explore motivation and team building, and find some great blogs and forums on management.
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Sometimes the best information can come from others in your situation. By picking the brains of bloggers and interacting with other managers on forums, you may learn certain facets of management that you won’t find anywhere else.
- You may find that some of the management blogs are promotional vehicles for either the author’s book or company. If this is the case, you should not necessarily dismiss the blog as it can provide you with some excellent (and free) tips and advice.
- If you can’t get enough management blogs, the blogrolls of the sites below can be of help. Use these resources, located on the right or left sidebar of each site, to find additional blogs to satiate your interests.
For management blogs …
The Management-Issues blog
has three primary authors, though there are also columns written by a number of knowledgeable individuals called “Thought Leaders.” Rather than sifting through the entries, use the blog’s search engine to find posts on a specific issue.
is written by a management consultant who learned about organizational leadership during his years in the military. Although the site is devoid of graphic design, you’ll find some great content regarding better management practices.
All Things Workplace
is a valuable blog about, well, all things that occur in the workplace. The blog is flippant at times but it certainly conveys useful information. For example, learn what to do about the holiday party as a manager. Better yet, avoid the holiday party altogether with the blog’s link to Enlighten’s Holiday Party Excuse Generator
blog, “The Performance & Talent Management Blog,” is written by a senior manager at the company, so certainly part of this blog’s goal is to promote the company. But SuccessFactors’ main Web site
provides plenty of helpful information about management, and the blog is able to condense some of the information on the site and present it in a more user-friendly, accessible, and timely way.
For forums …
consists of more than 30 discussion forums on all sorts of topics related to management, though some are more active than others. Register for a free membership
to post in the forums, or sign up for a newsletter to stay up-to-date on a forum issue.
Manager Tools Forums
contains a number of active forums about leadership and management. Find plenty of recent posts here on issues like one-on-ones, coaching, hiring practices, and the feedback model.
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