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Leadership Tips: Vol. 411

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An empty drawer will fill up. C. Northcote Parkinson coined Parkinson’s Law: “Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.” Soon there was Parkinson’s Second Law: “Expenditure rises to meet income.” And finally, “Data expands to fill the space available.”

— Adapted from “You Should Know,” Jennifer Wang, Entrepreneur.

Think big. “Whenever I took a job, I had to have a higher motivation of some kind,” says Wayne Clough, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. “To make money or even to ‘give back’ is not enough; it’s got to be something bigger.”

— Adapted from “The great responsibility,” with KK Ottesen, The Washington Post Magazine.

Renovate yourself. For 15 years, Home Depot stocked shelves by lugging around computers powered with motor­boat batteries. CFO Carol Tomé hopes to modernize through a new app that will make the process more efficient. If she succeeds, she may land a turn as CEO.

— Adapted from “Home Depot’s Fix-It Lady,” Chris Burritt, Bloomberg Businessweek.

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