Ask Dr. Job’s chief contributor, Sandra Pesmen, is a member of the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame and author of “DR. JOB’s Complete Career Guide.”

Winner of several journalism awards, Pesmen is a graduate of the University of Illinois Media College at Urbana, and is listed in several Who’s Who editions. She also has been Corporate Features Editor of Crain Communications Inc., founding Features Editor of Crain’s Chicago Business and a reporter/features writer for The Chicago Daily News.

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Quick Lessons for Leaders

Q.1 I START MY NEW JOB as manager of my department and need all the help I can get. Do you have any help?

A. UNFORTUNATELY THE RATE OF FAILURE among new leaders in the first 18 months is believed to be from 28 to 50 percent, so congratulations on seeking help. Leadership experts Lisa Kohn and Robyn McLeod, of thoughtful leaders blog, offer tips on how you can avoid that. They include:  Catch your people doing great things -- and celebrate them. Be present. Be sure to schedule time for open-door access and walking around the office. Listen. Rather than spending time writing great rallying speeches filled with jargon, keep comments brief and ask questions to solicit feedback. Those provide a good start toward successful leadership.

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