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Leadership Tips: Vol. 612

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Get it done with virtual assistants. Task services are the new office assistants. You post odd jobs online for personal assistants to bid on. Do it either where your business is based or on the road. Examples: TaskRabbit and Zaarly.com.

— Adapted from “Hop to It,” John Brandon, Inc.

Real research shows. When making research-based decisions, how to tell when research is sound? Ask: Where is the independent confirmation?  Are these fancy acronyms or real outcomes?  Does this approach have a solid record of replication? If a researcher won’t admit mistakes, beware.

— Adapted from “Research Shows,” Douglas Reeves, American School Board Journal.

New paradigm. Science writer James Gleick thinks the basis of the universe isn’t matter or energy, but data. The author of Chaos says physics has started to think of the bit as the ultimate fundamental particle. The more we understand the role information plays, he says, the more skillful we’ll be.

— Adapted from “The ballad of the bit,” Kevin Kelly, Wired.

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