Tasked with recording minutes? Designate a “parking lot,” where all off-topic ideas can reside. It can be a real or figurative whiteboard where you list ideas as they pop up. Participants can pursue those ideas at a more appropriate time.
Make your case for better coffee or an espresso maker by whipping out this fact: For every Starbucks outing, an employee wastes $4 and about 20 minutes.
Never forget a salient detail by carrying a small notepad and pen when you’re away from your desk. When you meet someone new, take a moment to jot down his name and key details about him. When you get a new task assignment, make note of it in the pad. Doing so will free up your mind and provide a written record to refer to later.
Scan Google search results faster by adding thumbnail images to the mix. Why? Sometimes it’s hard to tell from the text link and description if the web pages have the information you actually want. The Google Preview browser extension (www.googlepreview.com) adds a small thumbnail image of each hit on your results page so you see what you’re getting before you click the link.
Need to liven up your employee-reward program? Here’s a stash of ideas: Hand out your team’s favorite morning beverages; hire a masseuse to spend the afternoon giving desk massages to your team; offer a prime parking spot to an employee who has gone the extra mile; send a goodie basket to an employee’s home with a note of appreciation; “cc” your heroes on an e-mail to the CEO detailing their accomplishments and praising their efforts.
Received any good career advice lately? For super exec Kathy Walters, a VP for Georgia-Pacific, it was this: “My very first boss told me to change your circumstances so that you learn something new.” What change can you make right now to allow yourself to learn something new?
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Work for a new, younger boss? Anticipate increased communication. It wouldn’t hurt to brush up on your text-messaging skills because your new boss is likely to prefer texting. And don’t get tense if that communication is more frequent and less cordial. It’s not usually an effort to keep tabs on you, but more the norm among younger people.
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