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Every good manager knows that people are their most valuable resource. In these articles we show you how to manage effectively to get great things from the people you manage. We'll tell you how to create powerful teams, nurture talent and prevent conflict. All our articles contain the best new business thinking from around the world.

Management style: how many of these sins are you guilty of?

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On the Fast Company website, media training company Mindflash present a guide to the seven habits of a highly ineffective manager.

Highlighted in infographic form are the "most common workplace ruts" that undermine the effectiveness of managers. Here is a summary of the seven undesirable habits and how to kick them:

Why do good managers make bad decisions?

Jack Smith, Dialogue, Flowers Gallery

On BusinessWeek.com, Matt Boyle talks to management guru Sydney Finkelstein about his latest book Think Again, which examines why ostensibly good managers make poor decisions.

How to avoid creating a zombie workforce

Certain workplace practices can destroy employees' willingness to use their higher cognitive functions, such as imagination and trust, write H. James Wilson and Kevin Desouza for HBR.org.

Make your meetings more effective

Meetings may be the bane of the corporate world but even small businesses cannot do without them, writes Josh Spiro of Inc.com.

How should your managers be managed?

On Inc.com, Darren Dahl tackles the problem managing managers and helping "smart, committed and passionate" people perform to their potential.

When only micromanagement will do

There are times when micromanaging is both good and necessary, according to Christine M. Riordan, writing for Forbes.com, as she runs through some scenarios where managers should keep a closer eye on the day-to-day work of their employees.

Why you have to manage as well as lead

On the HBR.org Blog Network, Robert I. Sutton insists that true leaders are also managers, and any belief to the contrary can have a negative effect on the way those in leadership positions do their job.

The art of creating a positive workforce

On Bloomberg Businessweek, John R. Ryan gives some advice to leaders looking to lift their employees' morale and productivity.

Ryan believes leaders who want to inject positivity into an organisation should start with themselves.

How to use rivalry and competition to boost innovation in your company

According to Bernard T. Ferrari and Jessica Goethals, writing for McKinsey Quarterly, productive rivalry can spur innovation and help the development of products and services, and they cite such diverse evidence as the director of General Electric's Global Research Group, and the more surprising example of the Renaissance.

How even the thought of a controlling boss can reduce productivity

Controlling bosses produce unproductive employees, says Andrew O'Connell on HBR.org's 'Research' blog.

In fact, the mere thought – or even an unconscious thought – of a controlling person can have a negative effect on employees' performance, he insists.

Unite and innovate: cut out conflict

In Harvard Business Review, Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble discuss the conflict that sometimes arises between innovation teams and the people responsible for day-to-day operations. They believe the solution lies in organising an innovative initiative as a partnership of both entities.

Why you should look for the solutions beyond the comfort zone

On the Bloomberg Businessweek website, Sharon Nunes discusses the concept of working outside the "comfort zone" and creating successful collaborations from the conflicts and creative tensions that exist within networks and teams.

Encouraging innovation through the use of pay incentives

On Forbes.com, Donald Delves discusses ways in which pay can encourage innovation.

Business plans: ten essential ingredients

On Forbes.com, Martin Zwilling outlines a recipe for a great business plan, revealing the ten essential ingredients.

According to the author, investment-grade business plans usually consist of around 20 pages, which should also contain these ten key elements that matter most to business owners and investors…

How to avoid making a mess of your recruitment policy

Writing for HBR.org's 'Best Practices' blog, Amy Gallo offers some advice on avoiding recruitment disasters.

As Gallo points out, hiring staff can be both nerve-wracking and time-consuming, and the outcome is often uncertain.

How to micromanage effectively

Micromanagement might not be such a bad thing, according to Thomas O. Davenport, writing for Bloomberg Businessweek. While the "neurotic, power-tripping variety drives employees crazy", well-executed micromanagement "gives them what they want and need to do their jobs well".

Improve your employees' job satisfaction

The ways in which managers can raise levels of employee satisfaction in the workplace are addressed by John Baldoni on the Bloomberg Businessweek website.

Does your organisation need to change the way it makes decisions?

There is a "profound misunderstanding" regarding the link between structure and performance, according to Marcia W. Blenko, Michael C. Mankins and Paul Rogers writing in Harvard Business Review.

Can simulation tests save the cost of a bad appointment?

Extreme hiring is a new phenomenon explored by Nicole Perlroth on Forbes.com. "Psychological scrutiny and rigorous simulations are fast becoming a requisite part of the interview process," she says.   "The downturn has shed a decidedly unflattering light on subjective hiring practices," adds Perlroth.

Are you doing enough to nurture your company's rising stars?

Why do companies so often end up with a shortfall in their talent pipeline? And what distinguishes organisations that have been able to prepare their rising stars for post-promotion success?

How to achieve better results through employee networks

The traditional methods for driving operational excellence in global organisations are not enough, write Rob Cross, Peter Gray, Shirley Cunningham, Mark Showers and Robert J. Thomas for MIT Sloan Management Review.

Assembling a more creative workforce

If you want to build an innovative company, you had better make it your business to find employees who think outside the box, says Inc.com, as the online business journal shares tips on hiring for creativity.

When delegation is the wrong option

Whitney Johnson offers some reasons why you shouldn't delegate on her HBR.org blog.

Based on her own experiences, Johnson outlines three situations where you should avoid delegation.

Why you should concentrate on your reliable employees

On Bloomberg Businessweek Harold L. Sirkin discusses a management dilemma that he calls the "Rule of 98/2".

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