General Management Advice

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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.

General Management Advice

As a manager, you have your work cut out for you: you have to build a workforce, cultivate it, inspire it, and mold it at the same time. The ability to multitask is vital in this job. The sites in this section introduce you to the responsibilities of a manager and are great bookmarks to go back to time and again. They’ll provide management help and advice, update you on the latest industry news, and simply make your job easier.

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  • When researching management on the Internet, you’ll come across many general sites, each containing numerous articles. If you want more information after reading an article, check the sidebars or margins: often you’ll find links to similar articles on the same Web site.
  • Alan C. Greenberg is often credited with making Bear Stearns the giant it is today. He outlines his thoughts on management in Memos from the Chairman.

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Interviewing and Hiring Employees

It is much easier to be an effective manager if you have talented employees, and part of your job as a manager is to seek out this talent and secure it. Use the sites in this section to learn the best questions to ask in an interview, how to choose job candidates, and what to do once you’ve found a candidate you like.

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  • Keep in mind that some of the sites in the first section of this Web Guide explore these topics as well.
  • If you’re looking online for sample interview questions, you’re much more likely to find them discussed from the point of view of an interviewee than that of the interviewer. However, these employee-focused sites can be quite helpful to managers wishing to better understand the mindset of job applicants and the answers they give in interviews.

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Promoting, Firing, and Performance Evaluations

The sites in this section explore some of the more enjoyable parts of being a manager, and some of the most disconcerting. That being said, the practices of evaluating employee performance and promoting or firing accordingly are still fine arts that should be researched in advance.

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  • Be aware when researching on your own for performance evaluations that you may come across professor or college faculty performance evaluations. If this isn’t what you’re looking for, keep in mind that a university Web site contains an “.edu” in the URL, and skip that site.
  • Before you terminate anyone’s employment, you should know your legal rights as well as the employee’s rights. The section of this guide on Management Legal Concerns should help.
  • If you are conducting your own search, bear in mind that different Web sites use different words and phrases to refer to employee termination. Changing your search terms from “laying off” to “firing” to “terminating,” for example, will yield sometimes drastically different results.

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Employee Motivation

One of the most important talents a manager can have is the ability to motivate his or her workers and create a more enjoyable and productive workplace. Learn how to create cohesion through team building exercises and potent managing with the Web sites on employee motivation we recommend below.

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  • There are plenty of companies that specialize in team building, and you can purchase their services. Some of the sites in this section do, in fact, offer such services or other products, but all the sites below have great free information available.
  • A manager is a leader. If you search the Internet for sites on becoming a better leader, you’ll likely encounter some valuable information for your vocation.
  • First, Break All the Rules is a valuable book examining the practices of successful managers in all kinds of industries and levels, with great insight on motivation and leadership.
  • Wooden on Leadership, by John Wooden, discusses how to cultivate your leadership skills as a manager and how to instill a powerful work ethic in your employees.

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Management Legal Issues

You don’t have to be a lawyer to benefit from educating yourself about management legal concerns. In fact, it can only make you a better manager to learn as much as you can about legal issues at work. Use this section to find out how to legally protect yourself and your employees.

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  • Some of these sites are not specifically geared toward management law, but employment law in general. However, as a manager it can be helpful to familiarize yourself with the basic concepts of employment law.
  • As a manager, you probably have a boss as well. The links in this section can assist you in learning your rights as an employee.

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Management Blogs and Forums

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.

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  • 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.

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