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Venture capitalist Geoff Lewis says there's so much celebration of failure these days as the key to future success that we are succumbing to failure porn. With failure comes layoffs, loss of money and other heart-wrenching changes. Failure is something to be mourned and moved on from – a tragedy. Washington Post

Poor audio will kill your video conference

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With video conferencing on the upswing, tech blogger Mark Shead says studies indicate that audio is king – the most important part of the video conference is not the video but the audio. If your audio is weak, listen on a telephone while watching on a computer with the audio muted. Productivity501 Blog

Interview your recruiter before you search

Executive search consultant Patricia Lenkov recommends asking prospective recruiters 10 questions, including: What is your completion rate? Who will actually do the search? How long it will take? What companies are off limits because of existing client relationships? LinkedIn (

Give me a T for tip-top leader

In assessing leaders, author Chris Brady suggests thinking of the letter T, with a person's skills or ability on the top, horizontal bar, and the vertical bar measuring their depth of character or fortitude. In short, ability and stickability, with excellence being a combination of both. Chris Brady's Blog

Type faster with the Swype app

Android users who want a better keyboard option for their device should consider the Swype app, advises tech blogger Jane Hurst. It comes in a free or paid version, for 99 cents (U.S.), and as you become used to it, the app will allow better speed and accuracy with your typing. Lifehack.org

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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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