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Take time to discuss, make time to decide

Take time to discuss, make time to decide

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Productivity guru David Allen advises not to force your team – or yourself – to make decisions in the same meeting in which all the data and perspectives about an issue are initially presented.

Give the mind some time for the unconscious to work its magic. Productive Living Newsletter

Accept responsibility for bad your decisions

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It has become common, if not epidemic, for CEOs, politicians and others caught in an ethical breach to admit under pressure to making a mistake.

But bloggers Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus say those lapses aren't mistakes, but rather bad decisions. Classifying them as mistakes removes your sense of responsibility. Instead, admit to your bad decisions and learn from them. The Minimalists

Break the ice with a fantasy

Here's a meeting icebreaker from Alberta-based trainer Michael Kerr: "What celebrity would you most like to come and work with us to help us succeed?"

Get a jump on text in Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word has a "Go To" function that allows you to jump to an approximate position in your document, say 70 per cent deep. Press F5; select Page in the dialogue box that comes up; in the text box enter the numeric percentage and the percentage sign (in this case, 70 per cent); and click on Go To. Allen Wyatt's WordTips

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