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Robert 'Reb' Rebele: How To Make The Most Of Your Time Off

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Research is beginning to show that we need to be much smarter about what we actually do when we manage to get away from the office. Instead of simply "switching off," we need to learn how to switch among a variety of modes.
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Drive Performance by Focusing on Routine Decisions

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Process is about action. When we talk about processes, we’re talking about everything an organization does in its ongoing operations.
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Banish Burnout

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Since she fainted from exhaustion five years ago, Arianna Huffington has become the poster girl for executive wellbeing. The founder of The Huffington...
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The Ideas that Shaped Management in 2013

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It’s always tempting at this time of year to try to make a definitive list of the best ideas from the past 12 months. But then we end up debating what counts as best — important? useful? original? all three?
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A Library Student’s New Year’s Resolution List

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With the holiday season wrapping up (pun intended) and the New Year quickly approaching, do you have your 2014 resolutions list made yet?
I am a huge fan of making lists, so the New Year always gives me the perfect opportunity to make another.
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Where There’s a Why, There’s a Way

Where There’s a Why, There’s a Way | Working | Scoop.it
At least once a week, I hear my son, a junior in high school, say, “What is the point of school?
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The Three Most Innovative Companies of 2013

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One can naturally debate any system that seeks to crown the world’s most innovative companies.
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Why Not Take a Year Off to Work in Government?

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One year ago, Rahul Mewawalla was a senior executive building out the mobile arm of Nokia.
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Don’t Sit on Customer Feedback

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When you are driving a car, you get a steady stream of feedback from the road, from other drivers, from the dashboard gauges, and from the car itself.
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If You Were a Poor Performer, You Wouldn’t Be Aware of It

If You Were a Poor Performer, You Wouldn’t Be Aware of It | Working | Scoop.it
In a logic test administered to people who had volunteered over the internet, a team of researchers found that the lowest scorers vastly overestimated their performance, believing, on average, that they had gotten 7 out of 10 items right, when the...
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Don’t Abandon Innovation — Simplify It

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My fellow HBR blogger Bill Taylor recently made a pitch for all of us to stop using the word “innovation” in 2014.  Despite his plea, I suspect this word isn’t going anywhere.  It’s too important as a driver of growth and renewal.
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Build a ‘Quick and Nimble’ Culture

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Since 2009, Adam Bryant has interviewed hundreds of CEOs for the “Corner Office” feature in The New York Times.
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Open all hours

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Library members throughout Ireland will be able to check out books and use the internet out of hours, thanks to a new initiative.
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Change Your Intention to Focus Your Attention

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With busy schedules and to-do lists that carry us from hour to hour without much time to breathe, it’s rare that we stop to reflect on our motivations.
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How did it get to be ‘OK’ for people to be late for everything?

How did it get to be ‘OK’ for people to be late for everything? | Working | Scoop.it
Greg Savage discusses a matter that is near and dear to my heart, namely, the importance of punctuality.
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The Eight Archetypes of Leadership

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Although the ghost of the Great Man still haunts leadership studies, most of us have recognized by now that successful organizations are the product of distributive, collective, and complementary leadership.
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To Use Technology Effectively, Ask the Tough Questions

To Use Technology Effectively, Ask the Tough Questions | Working | Scoop.it
Over the years I’ve talked with hundreds of managers about the reasons for complexity in their organizations — and in almost all cases they cite “technology” as one of the main culprits.  But in the next breath, they also acknowledge that...
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Conflict Strategies for Nice People

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Do you value friendly relations with your colleagues? Are you proud of being a nice person who would never pick a fight?  Unfortunately, you might be just as responsible for group dysfunction as your more combative team members.
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Google and the Librarian: Best Frenemies Forever

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I hope each one of you have had a happy holiday season, and warm wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!
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Religious Tests for Library Supporters

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Now that the new year is approaching I considered writing a “year in review” post, but nothing exciting happened this year that I could remember.
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Achieve Your Goals in 2014 — Here’s Research That Can Help

Achieve Your Goals in 2014 — Here’s Research That Can Help | Working | Scoop.it
1. Successful people do nine things differently than everyone else.
2. The rest of us hold ourselves back in five major ways.
3. But don’t stress! Just change the way you think about stress.
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How Regular Exercise Helps You Balance Work and Family

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Matthew Beason is a well-respected executive at a non-profit with a multi-billion dollar endowment. On top of continual domestic travel, countless dinners with donors, and constant planning meetings, Matthew is also a married father of four children.
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Why the Overconfident, Even After Being Exposed, Continue to Dominate

Why the Overconfident, Even After Being Exposed, Continue to Dominate | Working | Scoop.it
Overconfidence can be dangerous, leading entrepreneurs to risk too much in new ventures and CEOs to engage in too many acquisitions of other firms, yet overconfident people continue to occupy positions of power.
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Older and Younger Librarians and Jobs

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This news story made the rounds last week. It reports about a economic study showing that large numbers of older workers don’t crowd out younger workers.
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Benefits Not Features: Think Like a Copywriter

Benefits Not Features: Think Like a Copywriter | Working | Scoop.it
I was at the reference desk when this fellow came over and said someone had told him he could get access to Lexis/Nexis through the university library. Turns out he was one of our adjunct faculty members in the college of business.
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