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How would you kill your own company? Innovation consultant Lisa Bodell suggests asking your staff that question and brainstorming to identify the biggest threats your organization faces. That will open the way to changing your operations before competitors take advantage of those opportunities. InnovationManagement.se
Temper criticism by seeking advice
Advertising agency CEO Val DiFebo of Deutsch NY says her mentor would give her direct, sometimes negative, feedback on something she handled poorly and then return a few minutes later to ask her advice on something else to show he didn't think badly of her. New York Times
Tell customers what they want to know
McKinsey & Co. research found business-to-business companies often stress themes such as social responsibility, sustainability and global reach, which have minimal impact on buyers. Two key themes for perceptions of brand strength – effective supply chain management and specialist market knowledge – weren't mentioned much by B2B suppliers.
Ask away to get things started
Consultant Michael Kerr suggests these meeting ice-breakers: What's the funniest thing someone has asked you since the last meeting? What one thing are you most proud of since the last meeting? Humor at Work Ezine
Display two time zones in Outlook
If you work across multiple time zones, you can use Outlook to assist by showing two time zones on your calendar. Set the feature at options-calendar-time zones-show a second time zone. 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