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Passion not always route to success

Dilbert creator Scott Adams says our views about the importance of passion are distorted because when things are working out in an entrepreneurial effort it's natural to be passionate but when things are failing, passion is drained. So don't accept that passion leads to success; it's more complicated than that. Dilbert blog

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Pocket-sized tips on giving more praise

Calgary-based consultant Michael Kerr has a tip for how to remember to praise people more: Put five coins in your left pocket in the morning and every time you pay someone a compliment, move one to your right pocket. The objective is to have them all transferred by day's end. Humor At Work Ezine

New board members need engagement

Newcomers to boards are often told to be quiet for the first year and not embarrass themselves by asking silly questions. But Vancouver-based meetings expert Eli Mina says veteran board members should encourage newbies to speak up and engage them in committee and task force work, because challenge and recognition bring out the best in people and builds strong boards. Deliberations Newsletter

Recognize these traits? You may be annoying

You are an annoying boss, says Eric Jacobson, if you make social events unofficially required, pressure employees to donate to charity, call employees while they're on vacation, hold endless meetings, don't make hard decisions, delegate without truly delegating, and hint rather than speak straightforwardly. Eric Jacobson Management Blog

Online program enables staff feedback

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Get regular feedback from employees with 15Five, an online program that has employees spend 15 minutes writing a weekly report that their manager can read in less than five minutes and integrate into their own reports. Springwise Newsletter

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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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