33 Management Hacks Smart Bosses Should Have in Their Bag of Tricks

Are any of these in your bag of management tricks?

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BY Marcel Schwantes - 07 Sep 2017

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If you're a manager, I have profound respect for you. You're probably juggling several things -- recruiting, putting teams together, scheduling shifts, managing people and tasks, handling discipline issues and, of course, keeping customers happy.

That doesn't even include the tricky practice of managing yourself by being more productive so you can accomplish more things. On top of it all, good management doesn't survive without good leadership habits.

Yes, management is hard and a good manager never stops learning and picking up new skills. So without further ado, I offer you 33 useful articles full of management tips and hacks by leading entrepreneurs and executives-- listed by the most common management categories -- to get you on your way to success.


17 Verbal Habits of Highly Likable People by Bill Murphy Jr., founder, ProGhostwriters.com.

5 Technology-Based Communication Secrets Top Leaders Love by Elizabeth Dukes, Co-founder and EVP, iOFFICE.

5 Communication Hacks That Will Take You From Good to Great by Marcel Schwantes, Founder, Leadership from the Core.

The Top 10 Worst Communication Mistakes You Can Make by Jayson DeMers
Founder and CEO, AudienceBloom

Customer Experience

Elon Musk Takes Customer Complaint on Twitter From Idea to Execution in 6 Days by Justin Bariso, Founder, Insight.

Want Happier Customers? Focus on Transformation, Not Transaction by Danny Iny
Founder and CEO, Mirasee

9 Customer Service Tips from Today's Top Leaders by Drew Hendricks, Contributor, Inc.com

Employee Engagement and Retention

7 Reasons the Best Employees Quit, Even When They Like Their Job by Lolly Daskal, President and CEO, Lead From Within, and Inc. contributor.

How to Give the Best Employee Perks -- on Any Budget by Jim Belosic, CEO of ShortStack

Ten Stupid Rules That Drive Great Employees Away by Liz Ryan, Founder and CEO, Human Workplace.

10 Best Ways to Keep Employees Happy, Engaged, and Motivated by Marcel Schwantes

Founder, Leadership From the Core.

7 Low-Cost Benefits That Employees Love by Joshua Reeves, CEO and co-founder of ZenPayroll.

Hiring & Firing

8 Unexpected Signs an Employee Should Be Fired by Jeff Haden, ghostwriter, speaker, LinkedIn Influencer, and contributing editor to Inc.

50 Startup Founders Share Their Biggest Hiring Challenges by David Smooke, Director of Content Marketing & Social Media at Smart Recruiters.

How to Hire People Who Really Get Stuff Done by Marie Burns, by Director of Talent and Culture, Krash.

How Companies Would Hire People If They Were Smarter by Liz Ryan, Founder and CEO, Human Workplace.


Want to Be a Great Leader? Do This 1 Thing First (Most Bosses Do the Opposite) by Jeff Haden, ghostwriter, speaker, LinkedIn Influencer, and contributing editor to Inc.

What Inexperienced Leaders Get Wrong by Rosabeth Moss Kanter, professor and Contributor at Harvard Business Review

20 Things the Most Respected Bosses Do Every Day by Bill Murphy Jr., Executive editor of operations, Some Spider, and founder, ProGhostwriters.com


10 Simple Steps to Exceptional Daily Productivity by Jeff Haden, ghostwriter, speaker, LinkedIn Influencer, and contributing editor to Inc.

Top 50 Productivity Tips for Entrepreneurs by Sujan Patel, Digital Marketing Strategist and Entrepreneur

8 Things You Should Do Every Day Before 8 A.M. to Be More Productive by Benjamin P. Hardy, Contributor, Inc.

The Secret to Getting More Done in Less Time by Alex Cavoulacos, Founder, The Muse

Sales & Marketing

The Best Response to 'Sell Me This Pen' by Joel Comm, author and speaker.

The Big List of The 61 Best Social Media Tools for Small Business by Kevan Lee, Content Crafter at Buffer

Stuck In a Sales Slump? Here's Your 3-Step Plan to Closing Deals Again by Matt Given
CEO, Intelivideo.

3 Strategies for Personalizing Your Sales Pitch (and Getting to "Yes" Faster) by Stephanie Chung, Founder, Stephanie Chung and Associates

Team Effectiveness

Google Spent 2 Years Studying 180 Teams. The Most Successful Ones Shared These 5 Traits by Michael Schneider, Human Capital Specialist, Welltower.

3 Smart Ways to Build a Highly Productive Team by Marcel Schwantes, Founder, Leadership from the Core.

3 Lessons to Give your People the Power to Create Great Customer Experiences by Adam Fridman, Founder, Mabbly.

Tools & Tech

3 Hottest Technologies That Will Change Your Business By 2020 by Yoram Solomon, Founder, Large Scale Creativity

Introducing The Self-Onboarding Tool: a Game Changer for Both Bosses and New Hires by Alex Cavoulacos, Founder, The Muse

11 Time-Saving Tools You Won't Believe Your Office Survived Without by Leslie Bradshaw, New York managing partner of Made by Many

Got any articles you'd like to recommend? Comment below.