Balancing act: Good managers focus on doing the right thing

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  • Daniel Leifker San Francisco, CA
    Aug. 6, 2013 7:12 p.m.

    The best manager I ever had was a guy who did one simple thing each day: he made a point of talking personally to everyone on his team and telling them some little story or anecdote of how their work or deeds had a positive effect on the company. The stories didn't have to be funny or even interesting, just something genuine and specific that proved that each team member had contributed in ways that other people saw and appreciated. On the other hand, the quickest way to alienate subordinates is to make them feel like they make no difference at all to anyone.

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    Aug. 6, 2013 8:30 a.m.

    When I hear stories about horrible bosses who made incredibly stupid business decisions I have always asked myself, "How could they have been so stupid?" I have recently been wondering. if perhaps the underlying problem is dishonesty and a general view that values are a disadvantage. That has been my experience. The dishonest bosses are the dumb bosses. Integrity is essential.