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Leadership Tips: Vol. 511

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Lay yourself off? That’s what the owner of Accurate Background Check in Florida did when business slowed down. She took another job and retained her nine longtime employees.

— Adapted from “Random Ideas from All Over,” Reader’s Digest.

Waiting for things to return to normal? Tough beans, say Harvard researchers. Help your people develop “next practices” by keeping them in enough discomfort to induce change but not so much that they’ll fight, flee or freeze.

— Adapted from “Leadership in a (Permanent) Crisis,” Harvard Business Review.

Up your game. Time will tell if baseball phenom Bryce Harper becomes the major league’s best hitter since Alex Rodriguez, Ken Griffey Jr. or Mickey Mantle. He’s gotten this far because of his dad, Ron Harper, an ironworker who had Bryce swing rebar as a child. “There’s nothing wrong with a little hard work,” the old man says. “Blue-collar attitude. Strap it on, and let’s go.”

— Adapted from “The Phenomenal Son,” Dave Sheinin, The Washington Post Magazine.

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