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Productivity

Pivot quickly to maximize success
Airplanes are off course 90 per cent of the time but incessantly correct their direction, blogger Benjamin Hardy notes. Similarly, he says, successful people correct their course quickly when off-kilter. They also set short timelines, have small daily to-do lists and drop stuff that isn't working. Lifehack.org

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Branding

Learn from but don't live in the past
It's great to know your company history but senseless to live in the past, consultant Tim Sackett says. Your company's history is valuable only if customers and prospective clients believe it defines your brand and success, and differentiates you from competitors. If it doesn't, build a new history. The Tim Sackett Project

Leadership

Pre-empt attacks with regular audits
To pre-empt an activist investor's attack, financial analyst Stanley Kirk advises you to eliminate financial and operational underperformance. Conduct regular vulnerability audits, looking at factors such as how earnings per share, profit and price-to-earnings ratios in the past 18 months compare with peers. If necessary, create an aggressive turnaround plan. ChiefExecutive.net

Human resources

Ask potential hires where they'll go next
It sounds weird, but LinkedIn asks potential employees what job they want to have next after they leave the company. Founder Reid Hoffman says it signals the intent to have a huge impact on the individual's career, helping to develop them for whatever they choose, and invites honesty. Vox.com

Tech tip

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Use phone's camera as portable copier
Productivity blogger Mark Shead recommends using your phone's camera as a portable copy machine/scanner when on the road, photographing paperwork, train schedules or other information. Many new camera phones have the resolution to provide readable copies. Productivity 501.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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