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Any conviction you have when starting work on a project fades fast when word of a deadline extension comes through. The same problems you had the first time around loom even more the second time ...
If you attempt to prioritize your day based on hundreds of inbox items, you’re wasting valuable time assessing and reassessing your priorities. Try one or more of these methods to keep the focus on what’s important.
Many organizations conduct exit interviews with outgoing employees. But instead of putting too much stock in exit interviews, conduct “stay interviews” with current employees. Every quarter, meet privately with them and ask three questions.

What would mean more to you … a “thank you” email from your organization’s CEO or a handwritten “thank you” note? The answer is obvious. Hand­written notes carry a greater impact.

If you work in an office environment, writing is probably a big part of your day and reflects on your professionalism. Anita Bruzzese offers some tips to improve your style and prevent embarrassing communications errors.
“Workaholic,” coined by the American psychologist Wayne Oates, reflected the man’s own addiction to work. But do workaholics really exist? There’s still no medical definition. Look for these signs.
Group brainstorming meetings can become productive drivers of company innovation or simply a waste of time. Tips on successfully managing them:
Yale University researcher Marc Brackett and his team have identified five key skills—what he calls the RULER approach—that sharpen emotional intelligence.
While supervisors may use the term “overqualified” when discussing potential job candidates, be aware that it’s a legally explosive term. Rejected applicants could view “overqualified” as an age-related code word.
Making a bad decision is bad enough. Just don’t dig yourself into a deeper hole. You’ll save time and headaches by avoiding what experts call “the escalation trap”—escalating your level of commitment to a lost cause.
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