Best Practices: Leadership and Management

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  • Leadership

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    The lessons of breaking news coverage can make your newsroom better every day

    Ask the staff of almost any newsroom when they are at their best, and you’ll usually hear:

    When news is breaking.

    Why?

    Because everyone comes together, they'll say. Ideas come from everywhere and everyone. We try things. And for once, we’re certain that we’re working on coverage that our community needs.

    So here’s my question:

    If they know these ingredients contribute to their best work, why can’t they adopt them all the time?

  • Leadership

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    Want your newsroom to collaborate? Help veterans and beginners learn from each other

    The week of my 64th birthday began with an email from Ben, my editor.

    “This is too good,” read the subject line.

    No one recognizes a story pitch faster than a former editor.

    I braced myself.

    “There's a new sitcom about a veteran, decorated journalist managing a bunch of millennial reporters…. Would you take a look and let me know if you'd be willing to write something instructive?”

    A veteran journalist managing millennials. Hmm, I wondered: Which point of view was I expected to represent?

  • Leadership

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    Just do it: The no-excuses approach to becoming a better manager

    What, I ask managers, would you like to change about the way you lead?

    “I’d like to be a better planner,” one says. “I’d like to be more flexible,” says another. “I’d like to be less impatient,” says a third.

    Be, be, be. I’d like to be…

    But what will you do in order to be a better leader?

    That’s the hard part.

  • Leadership

    Article

    How are you helping your staff improve? Maybe you need a strategy.

    Somewhere along the line, I realized that two kinds of managers worked in newsrooms.

    The first kind I could always find; they were working at their computer screens.

    The second kind often tested my tracking skills. They might be in the cafeteria. They might be sitting in a quiet conference room. They might be across the room, leaning against a staffer’s desk.

    They were with someone. And they were talking.

  • Article

    Slow down and read this: 6 ideas for making better decisions

    Lessons in management, like all good stories, pop up almost anywhere.

    Case in point: a recent episode of "Restaurant Impossible," the weekly effort by the Food Network’s Robert Irvine to “save a failing restaurant” in just 48 hours.

  • Article

    Gasp! How news managers can get better at listening

    Here are five signs that your boss – specifically your editor – isn't listening to you:

    1. Looking over your shoulder for the next person to enter the room
    2. Looking at his watch
    3. Checking her cell phone
    4. Staring at a computer screen while talking over his shoulder
    5. Interrupting you to run off to another meeting

    Been there, seen all of the above.

    We're familiar with the signs of someone who's not listening. But what does listening -- on those rare occasions it occurs – look like and sound like?

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