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Lazy workers may be in eye of beholder

If you manage lazy employees, it may be your fault, says HR consultant Christine Assaf. Stop treating them as lazy, consider that you may be lazy to their needs, set goals and really talk to them to understand what's affecting their performance. Blogging4Jobs

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Choose your platform and become a master

With the proliferation of new media platforms, strategy consultant Dorie Clark warns that no person or company can be a master of all – nor should you try to be. Pick the best for your brand, and focus on those. Harvard Business Review Blogs

Before they discuss, they read together

When seniors executives at Amazon.com meet, they start by reading six-page printed memos about the subject at hand, notes entrepreneur Ben Casnocha. The communal reading is meant to guarantee everyone's undivided attention to the matter. BenCasnocha.com

The true test of understanding

Albert Einstein said, "If you can't explain it to a six-year-old kid, you don't understand it yourself." Lifehack.org

It's a to-do list, but it's prettier

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Task Paper gives you to-do lists on the lock screen or Springboard of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod by converting the lists into customizable wallpapers. AddictiveTips.com

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