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Management consultant Michael Wade says plodders succeed because having seldom been told they are brilliant, they seek the advice of others. Their creativity is limited, so they don’t get sidetracked by daydreams and detours, and they have modest goals, so they don’t bite off more than they can chew. Execupundit Blog

The pitfalls of competition

Blogger James Lawther recently watched as his five-year-old daughter and 18 friends, also in fairy-princess garb, were steered into a dress competition. Result: One delighted winner, 16 silent girls, two in tears. The lesson? Arbitrary internal competition between departments and staff for status and money can backfire. Squawkpoint.com

Fix the things that bug you

Productivity blogger Aaron Lynn recommends the three-time rule: If something bothers you more than three times, rather than continuing to tolerate it, find a solution and implement it. If the idea doesn’t work initially, adjust things until it does. Asian Efficiency

Avoid endless scrolling on e-commerce sites

Infinite scrolling, where content loads continuously as the user scrolls down a Web page as it does on Facebook and Twitter, has its advantages. But it isn’t recommended for e-commerce sites where users need to locate specific content or compare options. Nielsen Norman Group (http://www.nngroup.com/articles/infinite-scrolling/)

Add Everything to your search tools

Tech writer Alex Castle says the search function on Windows 8 is fast and well-integrated with the new start screen, but you’ll fare better finding documents and executables with the free search engine, Everything. PCWorld.com

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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