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Forbes staff writer Alex Knapp says chess is often cited as a metaphor for leadership strategy, but poker is better. Business is a game of probabilities, like poker, and often understanding your opponent is a much greater advantage than the cards in your hands. Forbes.com



Easing stress starts with clear thinking

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Organizing expert Jeff Doubek says if you're feeling stressed about a project, draw up a bullet-point list of the reasons you are tense. Then, below each bullet, write a potential fix. Don't forget that asking a co-worker, friend or supervisor for help is often a reasonable fix. DayTimer Blog

Rehearse your speech, but not too often

It's wise to rehearse for a major presentation. But consultant Nick Morgan advises not to rehearse more than once on the day of the presentation itself, since you're probably in adrenalin mode.

Also, when you rehearse, don't just think it over in your mind or read it on paper. Speaking is a physical act and you need to feel what it's like in your body to give the speech. Public Words Blog

How to handle those macro alerts

If you get a warning when opening a file that it contains a macro (a small, user-created program running within the main software) tech writer Lincoln Spector says you have reasonable protection to open the file in Office 2007 or 2009.

But you should only enable the document's macros if you know the person who sent you the file, know that there's a legitimate reason for the macros, and have a reason to use them. PC World

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Management columnist

Harvey Schachter is a Kingston, 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 column, Power Points. More

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