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Here are tips for a new manager from veteran executive Les Hayman: Give your staff a dream to reach for; tell them what you expect from them; remove the barriers that keep them from doing their job well; and don’t overmanage – give people the freedom to make mistakes. Les Hayman’s Blog

All that practice might not pay off

It has become commonplace to believe 10,000 hours of practice can make you proficient in an activity. But new research shows practice accounts for only 12 per cent of the difference among individual performances across a variety of areas, from music to sports to education – and less than 1 per cent among professionals. Psyblog

Remember to breathe and other diving lessons

Executive Karin Hurt’s leadership lessons from learning to scuba dive: Breathe; you can say a lot to colleagues without words; there’s a lot you can’t see at the surface; slow down or you might miss something; stay close to your team; and panicking makes the situation worse. Let’s Grow Leaders

Older CEOs are more likely to sell

Chief executive officers aged 64 to 66 received 32 per cent more successful takeover bids than younger executives aged 59 to 63, research found. Bryant University Professor Michael Roberto wonders: Are younger CEOs spurning good deals, or are acquirers focusing on companies with older CEOs because they are more likely to sell? Professor Michael Roberto’s Blog

Help Explorer to load faster

If Internet Explorer takes too long to load, perhaps it’s because of a clunky add-on. You can check loading times by going to Tools/Manage Add Ons and looking at the load-time column to see which add-ons are slowing your device, tech writer Christopher Null advises. PC World

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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