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If you’re struggling to get things done, teamwork may be the culprit. Consultant Kevan Hall says that after studying the increasingly complex team structures of companies, he feels we need to cut out unnecessary teamwork, reduce communication and relax central control. Management-Issues.com


Don’t take success for granted

Cinnabon president Kat Cole questions success more than failure. She asks more questions when sales are up and things are moving smoothly, believing, “There’s got to be something I don’t know.” People should be concerned if they don’t know why they are successful. New York Times


Predictability trumps high scores at Google

Google’s best leaders aren’t, as you might expect, Stanford or MIT grads. The distinguishing feature of its top leaders, the company’s research found, is they are predictable and consistent, making it easier for employees to do their best work. Inc.com


Unplug from work, not friends and family

Before your vacation, social media executive Alexandra Samuel recommends asking what is the least amount of work connectivity you can get away with. Set up a separate vacation e-mail address and decide how you will use your phone or computer while away. Harvard Business Review Blogs


Take only the most important calls

Essential Calls is an Android app that allows you to receive calls from your designated key contacts, switching from silent mode to ring or vibrate. The free version allows you two contacts; the premium version, unlimited. AddictiveTips.com

Harvey Schachter is a Battersea, Ont.-based writer specializing in management issues. He writes Monday Morning Manager and management book reviews for the print edition of Report on Business and an online work-life column Balance. E-mail Harvey Schachter

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