Business Management Daily

Drowning in information overflow? Try these cool Outlook tips: Click-and-drag names to your Contacts list. Eliminate the auto-complete names that appear in the “To” field of your emails. Share calendars with others in Outlook 2007 …

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It sounds like mission impossible: ensuring that your boss has time for priority work and that he or she never arrives late for a meeting. But you wield much more control than entering appointments on a calendar and reminding the boss what’s coming on the schedule. Help the days flow smoothly by building and managing the calendar better. Here’s how:

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If you’re a big sports fan, you probably wear your team’s colors, know all the players and follow every game. Wouldn’t it be great if your customers loved your company that much? “Many business owners today might assume that there is no way they can elicit such passion from their customers. But with the right strategies, it is possible,” says marketing expert Maribeth Kuzmeski.

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Avoid “death by PowerPoint” by stealing presentation tips from the charismatic Apple CEO, Steve Jobs. Carmine Gallo, communications coach and author of The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs, points out that Jobs uses presentation software as a tool to visually complement his stories.

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Manners are an important part of the work world. And knowing cultural and regional differences is just as important as we move toward a more global economy. Here’s what recently polled admins and executives had to say about business etiquette.

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If your organization uses independent contractors, watch out. The IRS will come after you for misclassifying employees as independent contractors.

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You probably already know about double-clicking in Word to select a word or paragraph. But did you know about these double-click tricks for getting through your work faster?

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Think about your workforce. Do some of your employees require more “managing” than others? Do some enjoy pushing the limits, while others seem totally clueless about the problems they cause? From emotional drama queens to lazy slackers, all of these aggravating folks can be considered “challenging employees” — people who consume an inordinate amount of your time and energy, but are not really bad enough to fire.

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Does it ever seem like your newly promoted manager is blindly muddling through the job? Well, she probably is. A recent poll revealed that only one in 10 recently promoted individuals received any leadership training or coaching. If you find yourself promoted—without feeling prepared—here’s a crash course in managing others:

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Most paper records can be scanned into electronic form, reducing storage costs and allowing users to preserve and access vast databases of records with the click of a mouse. But despite the many benefits of going paperless, a host of legal problems could derail even the best-intentioned digital records plan. Carefully consider these legal issues when transitioning to an electronic personnel records system:

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