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Recruiter Paul Gumbinner says an interview is not speed dating – take the time required to determine the nature of the candidate. He was appalled by a company that scheduled six consecutive half-hour interviews for a senior position. If you lack time for a proper interview, reschedule for when you do. The Fordyce Letter

Use paper clips as a visual prod

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If you want to improve your work productivity, invest in a box of paper clips. Entrepreneur James Clear says if your goal, for example, is to send 25 daily sales letters, put 25 paper clips in front of you as a visual prod, removing one each time a letter is completed. JamesClear.com

Turfing a CEO costs a packet

When a CEO at a big company is forced out rather than leaving through a planned succession, it costs on average $1.8-billion (U.S.) in shareholder value more than would have been lost through planned successions, research by Strategy& consultants shows. PWC.com

Warm people up before asking why

Questions that begin with a why are considered valuable for leaders to drill down into details. But consultant Kevin Eikenberry warns against "the naked why." When used alone, it puts people on the defence, reminding us of the accusatory why questions people fielded as kids. Start with another question first. Leadership and Learning Blog

Hide and find worksheets in Excel

In order to hide a worksheet in Excel, right click on the tab and choose hide. If you want to get it back, right click again and a list will appear of the hidden sheets, from which you can select the relevant one. Online-Tech-Tips

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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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