The hit show
"Undercover Boss" is rolling out a new season featuring CEOs from mega-brands
such as NASCAR and Chiquita slipping anonymously into their companies' rank and
file. These honchos get an up-close, warts and all look at their companies' inner
workings and leave enlightened about how to better run their company and be
more effective bosses.
While the show makes
for entertaining TV, going undercover within your workforce isn't the only way
to become a better boss. We've collected an assortment of resources that can
inspire you to become a more effective and trusted leader. Subordinates should
read on as well; these articles are a two-way street, providing useful tips for
improving interactions with your supervisors.
Stanford professor Robert I. Sutton, and author of the upcoming Good Boss, Bad Boss, says good bosses work diligently
to "stay in tune" with how
their employees-and superiors, peers, and customers-react to what they say and
do. These bosses realize that success depends on having the
self-awareness to control their moods and moves, to accurately interpret their
impact on others and to continuously make adjustments that inspire hard-work, pride
and a sense of dignity amongst their workforce. In short, good bosses have
well-honed, well-practiced emotional intelligence.
For more insight
from Bob Sutton, read his blog post 12 Things Good
Bosses Believe at the Harvard Business Review.
Coach, Not Control
and columnist for U.S. News and World report G.L.
Hoffman recommends bosses take a page out
of the playbook of football coaches. Hoffman argues that the leadership
qualities that translate into Super Bowl victories can be put into play at
work. Hoffman says that putting people
into positions where they can succeed is crucial as is developing players:
successful teams have MVPs and the guy who carries the Gatorade. All play a
crucial role in the team's success. Sports enthusiasts, read on for tips that
may win you Coach, I mean, Boss of the Year: Manage
like a Football Coach-22 Ways to Be a Better Boss.
All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
and mother-of-three Shari Storm believes raising children is a
powerful management training system. In her witty and wise book Motherhood Is the New MBA: Using Your Parenting Skills to Be
a Better Boss, Storm shares tips for managing
your workforce that were honed on the toughest of underlings, young children.
Storm suggests bosses create a family environment where everyone is invested in
the well-being of the whole, that they set a calm and collected tone for the
group and that they hold the line on tantrums. Sage advice for both the work
and home fronts. For more on Storm's parenting-***-leadership advice, read Parenting 101: How to Be a Better Boss at Work and Home.
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by Candie Harris
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