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Leadership Tips, Vol. 815

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Take your next step using David Allen’s two-minute rule: “Once you decide on the next action, if it can be done in two minutes or less, you should go ahead and do it, if you’re going to do it at all. It’ll take you longer to stack it, track it and look at it again than to just do it.”

— Adapted from “On Leadership: Cognitive-energy conservation in the digital era,” Jena McGregor, The Washington Post.

Reconsider voice mail. Several big banks are phasing out landline voice mail in units where employees don’t work directly with clients. Voice mail costs J.P. Morgan Chase about $10 per employee per month, or about $3 million a year. Coca-Cola made the move last year, and more companies are following suit.

 — Adapted from “Hang up voicemail,” Emily Glazer, The Wall Street Journal.

Exercise gratitude. Comedian Joan Rivers knew how lucky she was to have made it to the top. “She never stopped being grateful,” says her daughter Melissa. “She’d say, ‘Can you believe they’re still sending a limo for me? This is awesome!’ ”

— Adapted from “Laughing Through the Tears,” Margot Dougherty, AARP Magazine.

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