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The three habits of highly effective demotivators, consultant Sally Helgesen says, are telling people how to do what they are doing – especially if they are doing it well; ensuring that any humiliation of staff occurs in public, preferably before an audience the individual cares about; and surprising employees with their actions. Strategy+business

CEOs sell stock while touting acquisitions

Chief executive officers seem the epitome of confidence when announcing acquisitions, but a study of 2,000 companies over 12 years suggests they actually lack faith. CEOs are 28 per cent more likely to exercise stock options and 24 per cent more likely to sell company stock in quarters following acquisition announcements. Academy of Management Journal

It’s okay to go with the flow

Researcher and yoga instructor Bethany Butzer grew tired of being asked what was next for her career and having no answer. She says that’s a prime example of our inability to be satisfied in the present moment. Your next step will appear at exactly the right time; stop trying to control everything. BethanyButzer.com

Rein in colleagues who drone on

Heineken USA has a collection of toy horses on the tables in all its meeting rooms. When someone goes on and on about a point, a colleague slides a horse over, to gently show that the idea is understood and the individual should stop beating a dead horse. New York Times

Speed your searches with Google Site

Productivity blogger Ann Smarty recommends Goog All Sites for Firefox users, since it rests at the bottom of the screen and allows you to search the site you’re on if it lacks such a facility. Lifehack.org

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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