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Tips From Great Bosses On Being A Better Boss

  • Some experts will tell you that <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/1830539/why-being-a-meaner-boss-will-help-your-company-and-make-employees-happy">being a meaner boss</a> will only stand to benefit your company--and your employees. Others say <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/1821051/are-you-a-power-poisoned-boss">too much power will poison you</a>. We plunged into our trove of advice for bosses who want to improve, and brought you the 18 best tips.
  • "Returnships," interns, and other ways to test drive a team before you commit.
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<a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/1836623/how-to-save-yourself-the-high-cost-of-a-wrong-hire">Read more here</a>
  • Want more productive, transparent, participatory meetings? Shut up and Skype.
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<a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/1838321/why-silent-meetings-are-the-most-productive">Read more here</a>
  • Remember this when mapping your company's strategy: The only companies or products that will succeed now are the ones offering the lowest possible level of complexity for the maximum amount of value.
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<a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/1835983/the-simplicity-thesis">Read more here</a>
  • Worker happiness has fallen every year for the last 25 years--in good economic times and bad. Today, over half of American workers effectively hate their jobs. Once the economy picks up, that could mean a mass exodus from your ranks, unless you take action now. Here's how. 
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<a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/1835578/the-sharp-drop-in-worker-happiness-and-what-your-company-can-do-about-it">Read more here</a>
  • The amygdala is the emotional center that governs fight, flight, and whether or not your audience will text through your next presentation. Learn how to make your audiences feel first, and then to think. 
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<a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/1836569/hijacking-emotion-is-the-key-to-engaging-your-audience">Read more here</a>
  • We can all learn about the art of business from Pepsi's epic war with Coke and Apple's public dust-ups with Microsoft.
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<a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/1835827/buyology-martin-lindstrom-branding-marketing-know-they-enemy">Read more here</a>
  • Learn from Dieter Rams, who shares how design can differentiate your business.
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<a href="http://www.fastcodesign.com/1669725/dieter-rams-on-good-design-as-a-key-business-advantage">Read more here</a>
  • Tips from Mike Williams, president and CEO of the David Allen Company, on how to get ready for the big song and dance.  
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<a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/mba/video/mba2238/mike-williams-how-do-you-prepare-big-meeting">Read more here</a>
  • Does your staff feel like their work is making a difference? Paul Steinberg, CTO of Motorola Solutions, says this question is critical to motivation. 
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<a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/1835978/a-simple-tip-for-motivating-staff">Read more here</a>
  • Time to cut someone loose? Even if it's long past time for them to go, firing an employee can be difficult. Follow these five tips and you'll be on the road to happiness again.
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<a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/1836517/5-tips-to-make-firing-someone-less-painful">Read more here</a>
  • Work-life balance is a hot topic, and companies invest in a variety of initiatives to help create a healthy, balanced lifestyle for their employees--just make sure they work. 
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<a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/1813069/employee-perks-that-dont-work">Read more here</a>
  • If your once-star employees are starting to shine a little less brightly, it may be time to rethink your approach to accountability and rewards, and put more focus on the relationship than the size of their paychecks.
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<a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/1772484/want-to-keep-your-best-employees-its-not-about-the-money">Read more here</a>
  • In today's changing work environment, it's important for leaders to provide clarity of direction. If they don’t, fear, frustration, and inefficiency start to creep in.
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<a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/1837889/if-your-employees-are-squabbling-your-company-s-probably-standing-still">Read more here</a>
  • Great leaders choose their leadership style like a golfer chooses his or her club, with a calculated analysis of the matter at hand, the end goal, and the best tool for the job.
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<a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/1838481/6-leadership-styles-and-when-you-should-use-them">Read more here</a>
  • You flex your management muscle all the time. You are constantly pushing your team and making sure that everyone is focused on the right priorities, that deadlines are hit, and that together your group is functioning like a well-oiled machine. But that's not what leadership is about. 
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<a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/1834302/learning-to-flex-your-leadership-muscles">Read more here</a>
  • “Become the other person and go from there” is the best piece of coaching advice you can get, and it applies equally to influence, negotiation, conflict, sales, teaching, and communication of all kinds.
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<a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/1835574/empathy-is-the-most-powerful-leadership-tool">Read more here</a>
  • The longer an idea stays on the table, the less chance the business has for success, says Sean Devine, CEO of CourseSmart. Here's how to push into the market without fear.
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<a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/1836077/why-your-business-should-be-afraid-to-launch-and-learn">Read more here</a>
  • 01 /18
    | Read This Guide, Earn This Coffee Mug Some experts will tell you that being a meaner boss will only stand to benefit your company--and your employees. Others say too much power will poison you. We plunged into our trove of advice for bosses who want to improve, and brought you the 18 best tips.
  • 02 /18
    | Save Yourself The High Cost Of A Wrong Hire "Returnships," interns, and other ways to test drive a team before you commit.

    Read more here
  • 03 /18
    | Make Meetings More Productive--With Silence Want more productive, transparent, participatory meetings? Shut up and Skype.

    Read more here
  • 04 /18
    | Try The Simplicity Thesis Remember this when mapping your company's strategy: The only companies or products that will succeed now are the ones offering the lowest possible level of complexity for the maximum amount of value.

    Read more here
  • 05 /18
    | Deal With The Sharp Drop-Off In Worker Happiness Worker happiness has fallen every year for the last 25 years--in good economic times and bad. Today, over half of American workers effectively hate their jobs. Once the economy picks up, that could mean a mass exodus from your ranks, unless you take action now. Here's how.

    Read more here
  • 06 /18
    | Learn To Give A Killer Presentation The amygdala is the emotional center that governs fight, flight, and whether or not your audience will text through your next presentation. Learn how to make your audiences feel first, and then to think.

    Read more here
  • 07 /18
    | Realize That Your Enemies Power Innovation We can all learn about the art of business from Pepsi's epic war with Coke and Apple's public dust-ups with Microsoft.

    Read more here
  • 08 /18
    | Make Good Design A Key Business Advantage Learn from Dieter Rams, who shares how design can differentiate your business.

    Read more here
  • 09 /18
    | Use Proper Prep For Big Meetings Tips from Mike Williams, president and CEO of the David Allen Company, on how to get ready for the big song and dance.

    Read more here
  • 10 /18
    | Motivate Your Staff Does your staff feel like their work is making a difference? Paul Steinberg, CTO of Motorola Solutions, says this question is critical to motivation.

    Read more here
  • 11 /18
    | Fire People Less Painfully Time to cut someone loose? Even if it's long past time for them to go, firing an employee can be difficult. Follow these five tips and you'll be on the road to happiness again.

    Read more here
  • 12 /18
    | Rule Out Employee Perks That Don’t Work Work-life balance is a hot topic, and companies invest in a variety of initiatives to help create a healthy, balanced lifestyle for their employees--just make sure they work.

    Read more here
  • 13 /18
    | Keep--And Motivate--Your Best Employees If your once-star employees are starting to shine a little less brightly, it may be time to rethink your approach to accountability and rewards, and put more focus on the relationship than the size of their paychecks.

    Read more here
  • 14 /18
    | Stop The Squabbling In today's changing work environment, it's important for leaders to provide clarity of direction. If they don’t, fear, frustration, and inefficiency start to creep in.

    Read more here
  • 15 /18
    | Choose The Right Leadership Styles Great leaders choose their leadership style like a golfer chooses his or her club, with a calculated analysis of the matter at hand, the end goal, and the best tool for the job.

    Read more here
  • 16 /18
    | Flex Your Leadership Muscles You flex your management muscle all the time. You are constantly pushing your team and making sure that everyone is focused on the right priorities, that deadlines are hit, and that together your group is functioning like a well-oiled machine. But that's not what leadership is about.

    Read more here
  • 17 /18
    | Employ Empathy, The Most Powerful Leadership Tool “Become the other person and go from there” is the best piece of coaching advice you can get, and it applies equally to influence, negotiation, conflict, sales, teaching, and communication of all kinds.

    Read more here
  • 18 /18
    | Eradicate Fear The longer an idea stays on the table, the less chance the business has for success, says Sean Devine, CEO of CourseSmart. Here's how to push into the market without fear.

    Read more here

Nobody wants to be a bad boss. But we could all use a refresher course on how to hire right, nurture talent, make work more humane, and do better for our companies.

Slideshow Credits: 01 / Image: Flickr user Kumar Appaiah; 02 / Image: Flickr user Blip ou Bruno Veloso; 03 / Image: Flickr user Mik Salac; 04 / Image: Flickr user Gane Kumaraswamy; 05 / Image: Flickr user Vinoth Chandar; 06 / Image: Flickr user Howie Le; 11 / Image: Flickr user Vicente Villamón; 12 / Image: Flickr user Corie Howell; 13 / Image: Flickr user LetTheCardsFall; 14 / Image: Flickr user Paul Joran; 15 / Image: Flickr user Bas Kers; 16 / Image: Flickr user David Matter; 17 / Image: Flickr user Cloud_nine;

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