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Toronto-based success coach Robin Sharma recommends the 90/90/1 rule. For the next 90 days, devote the first 90 minutes of each work day to the one best opportunity in your life. Avoid distractions from other tasks or goals. Robin Sharma's Blog

Don't let thinking get in the way

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A wise leader doesn't think too much, consultant Lolly Daskal insists. Thinking can become a hurdle when it paralyzes analysis, blocks your instinct, focuses on perfection, highlights fears , and keeps you from learning new things about yourself.

Big-screen lessons in leadership

Bryant University management Professor Michael Roberto recommends three movies that teach about management: Remember the Titans, Twelve O'Clock High, and Path to War. For ethical leadership, Christoph Luetge, chair of business ethics at Technical University of Munich, cites Disclosure, a sexual harassment thriller with Michael Douglas and Demi Moore. Blogging on Business; Ethical Leadership blog

Attractive men seen as better pitchers

Investors prefer proposals presented by male entrepreneurs compared with pitches made by female entrepreneurs – even when the content of the pitch is the same using identical scripts, recent research shows. Attractive men were particularly persuasive but physical attractiveness didn't matter among women.

Ease data entry in Excel

To avoid having the pointer in recent Excel editions automatically move to the next cell, take control by clicking on File/Excel Options/Advanced/Editing Options and selecting your preference from the drop-down box.

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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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