I am curious, how do you practice manager tools techniques? It might be kind of intimidating to some to try and apply these techniques at the office if we are trying them for the first time and are unsure of what we are doing and don't know if they will work.
What I have found to be a good way is to volunteer to lead a committee at church or at a local non-profit. That is a GREAT way to learn in a safe environment and try some of these techniques out. Or help out on a special committee or project at work, something over and above your day to day job.