BMD Editors

Don’t make threats lightly, and don’t take them lightly.

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Q: I’m in the middle a dispute about a landscaping bill. The other day, someone from the landscaping company called my company and asked to speak to my boss. Is that legal? C.N., Glen Burnie, Md.

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With rumblings about the economy improving, you may feel pressure to beef up pay raises this year. New studies say, “Forget about it.”

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Napoleon Bonaparte didn’t like to answer letters. In fact, he would often wait 30 days before replying. (“If a response is still needed, I will write it then.”)

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Bill Parcells, who has already led three National Football League teams from mediocrity to excellence and is working on his fourth (the Dallas Cowboys), operates on three basic rules:

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Sure, leaders should be visionaries, communicators and goal-setters. But Pitney Bowes CEO Michael Critelli says they must be catalysts, too.

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Leaders often have to break out of the molds other people set for them, says leadership guru Warren Bennis. They have to invent themselves.

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If you’ve taken the trendy paths to “manage” the knowledge within your team or organization, give up. The corporate knowledge-management model has gone bust, largely because it’s based on a publishing model: Somebody extracts information from people and puts it in writing.

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If you need to hire temporary workers, don’t wait too long to sign that
contract. Temp hiring has increased in the past five months and the
growing demand will eventually raise temp wages.
 

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Sooner or later, you’ll find yourself presented with a project—or an
opportunity— that outstrips your in-house capabilities. That’s when it
makes sense to join forces with another organization. But entering into
a joint venture when you should agree to a strategic alliance (or vice
versa) could lead to disaster.

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