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Problem-solving can be a matter of life or death | The Organized.

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The ability to effectively identify and resolve problems is critical to the life of an organization.

The argument for writing it down | The Organized Executive's Blog

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Have you noticed a trend of waiters and waitresses not writing down your food order?

Somebody (not everybody) take note

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Who takes notes during your meetings? If you said “Everybody,” that means nobody is giving their full attention to the topics under discussion.

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The cost and benefit of an apology | The Organized Executive's Blog

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Does saying I'm sorry make a difference? Absolutely. Don't apologize and others might see you as more

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The vacation dilemma: to unplug from the office or not | The.

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During my spring vacation I occasionally scanned my office email, and I regretted it. I found myself distracted by events at the office.

Paper or digital? | The Organized Executive's Blog

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I take a hybrid approach to managing information. I use an online calendar and paper to-do list. Over the years I've adapted my habits based on m

Make smart investments in your staff | The Organized Executive's Blog

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The easiest decision I made as the new manager of a department also turned out to be one of the most important.

Email math: Unnecessary messages multiply | The Organized.

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Looking at my inbox, I'm amazed at the number of times I'm copied on a response to an email that I don't need.

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Nurture your leaders

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Who are the leaders on your team? Look beyond the titles to identify the employees who: Show initiative. . Influence others. . See the big picture. . Have the respect of team members. . Take responsibility. . Speak up and listen. . Demonstrate integrity in their everyday actions. Soon they will earn the formal titles of leaders. Hurry!

The 3 conversations you must have first

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“My challenge has become how to stay on top of everything,” Doug wrote in a question to our Ask the Editor feature on OrganizedExecutive.com. As the new head of a division with hundreds of employees and 30 operating units, he’s concerned that he’s learning about issues at the same time his boss and peers hear about them. Your direct reports.

Write a message to yourself

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As I was waiting in an office last week to sign some papers, I noticed a handwritten note on the printer that said “Slow down.”. When I commented that I liked the note, the manager explained why he had that message where he would see it when he was working with people. “I It said “The future is at stake.”

3 simple ways to botch your awards program

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It doesn’t take much to undermine the value of your employee recognition program. Fail to pay attention to detail and the money you spent on the certificates, plaques or other tokens will be worthless. It takes only a little care to avoid these three errors in your awards: Misspelling the recipient’s name. Mispronouncing the recipient’s name.

Scared witless: How anxiety played a role

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Following is a guest article by Jaimy Ford, editorial director of Briefings Media Group. Recently I went to Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion’s in Virginia. I’m an adult, and one who doesn’t scare easily. I’ve always liked scary movies, and I love that tingly, hair-raising sensation I feel when hearing a good ghost story. I was petrified. Reflect.

Small changes, big results: 2-minute tasks to maintain order

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The following is a guest article by Jaimy Ford, editorial director of Briefings Media Group. As a telecommuter, my home is my workplace. Because I like a change of location, I might work from my designated office, my dining room table or from a comfortable chair in my bedroom—the quietest spot in the house.

Honor the 9/11 survivors

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I had family and friends in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. on Sept. 11, 2001. She had safely evacuated from the towers. Image Source ].

The No. 1 organizing habit | The Organized Executive's Blog

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The iPad needs a home, I told my husband last weekend. The iPad could be in the living room, where my husband has been

A dangerous word | The Organized Executive's Blog

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I have two reactions when someone says the word assume. My first reaction is to wince and to ask more questions.

Making time for peak achievement | The Organized Executive's Blog

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The following is a guest article by Susan Ershler.

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Do one less thing | The Organized Executive's Blog

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To be on time for appointments

Lessons from a master networker, Mom | The Organized Executive's Blog

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My mother rarely worked outside our home, but her networking skill made her the highly successful CEO of our family.

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Are you stuffing yourself with junk information? | The Organized.

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You have to guard against the danger of overeating at an interesting intellectual buffet. Gary Loveman, CEO of Harrah's Entertainment.

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Ask the critically important question: Why? | The Organized.

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Create a record of accomplishments | The Organized Executive's Blog

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Reader Alice Bakker told us that she

Small gestures have a lasting impact | The Organized Executive's Blog

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When I heard recently that Max died, I thought of the coins and smiled.

Find inspiration for your office setup

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Don’t start the new year in the same old cluttered, uninspiring workspace. Find ideas for an office makeover at the Flickr Unclutterer Workspaces pool. You’ll see photos of traditional offices, home offices, closets revamped as offices and more. Plus you’ll discover ideas for organizing bookshelves, drawers, electronic equipment and computer cables.

Do this before turning the calendar to January

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Although you may be eager to jump into the new year, there’s still a lot to learn from 2011. Flip through your calendar for this year to discover whether you: Spent too much time in meetings. If meetings packed your schedule, analyze whether you can cut some or send a team member instead of attending yourself. . Fell victim to crunch times.

Senior executives’ elementary school habit

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Only one figure in a recent CareerBuilder survey of top executives surprised me: Forty-one percent bring their lunch from home. The figure is much higher for women (57%), but more than a third of the men also brown-bag it, according to the survey titled “Emulating the Big Cheese.”. That’s a smart choice. What’s in your lunch bag? Image Source ].

A simple way to cut incoming email

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This morning I shot off an email to three people, updating them about the status of a problem, and I knew that I wouldn’t have to worry about any of them sending a response that would clutter my inbox. I ended the subject line with this note: “No reply necessary.”. Relieving people of any need to reply saves both of us time.

The most expensive call he ever took

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We drove onto the lot ready to buy a car. So why did we drive off without one? Soon after we sat down to negotiate the deal, the salesman took a personal call and started chatting with his buddy. My husband and I stood up and walked away. That’s a dangerous assumption. Taking a personal call wasn’t Paul’s first mistake; it was the last straw.

A skill every organized executive must master

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My neighbor Shelby came right to the point. “I’m I’m calling to see whether I can talk you into serving on the board.”. Not a chance,” I told her. We both laughed and had a nice conversation. A year earlier I explained to her why I wouldn’t accept a nomination to our homeowners association’s board of directors. Share your tips in the comments below.

You asked for it: A to-do list example

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Following is a guest article by Jaimy Ford, editorial director of Briefings Media Group. After my recent post “Small changes, big results: My new and improved to-do list,” some readers asked to see a sample of my to-do list. Below is a small portion taken directly from the list that I use every day. As you can see, it is nothing fancy.

Small changes, big results: My new and improved to-do list

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Following is a guest article by Jaimy Ford, editorial director of Briefings Media Group. I have a to-do list dependence. I keep one in tip-top shape and spend a few minutes every morning and every evening reviewing and updating it. However, recently I began drafting my to-do list in a basic Word document, and I am hooked. The list is searchable.

Write to erase anxiety

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This is a guest post by Kendall Martin, editorial contributor at Briefings Media Group. On those days when I have assignments from different departments, as well as emails and phone calls waiting to be returned, my first inclination is to write. I take out a legal pad and my favorite pen and construct a working list of to-do items.

Small changes, big results: Rearranging my day

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The following is a guest article by Catherine Welborn, web editor of Briefings Media Group. As web editor, one of my jobs is to track our growth on Facebook, Twitter and our blogs. I chart it on a giant spread sheet so we can see what works well and what doesn’t. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. What’s the right kind of task?

Reaching for goals: triumph and tragedy

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Last week two images of men reaching for their goals in sports arenas revealed a powerful leadership lesson to me. During dinner Thursday night, I described to friends a piece of artwork that I want to decorate my office wall. The Steelers were behind, 7-0, when Polamalu intercepted the ball and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown.

The science behind better decisions

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The research makes a lot of sense. It’s not unusual for me to scan hundreds of articles at a time. Should I continue reading or stop? Image Source ].

A career-limiting habit

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Click to see full infographic. Your messy desk could be holding you back. How bad is the problem? A third of workers identify themselves as hoarders.

Carmageddon or a commute you can enjoy

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Warnings of Carmageddon with last weekend’s closure of the 405 Freeway in California reminded me of some of my worst commutes to work. Image Source ].

Doc’s best Rx for stress management

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Obviously my doctor was listening between the lines. He nailed that diagnosis. Work had been very stressful, and it was taking a toll on me.

Between a tear and a yawn | The Organized Executive's Blog

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My assistant burst into tears on her first day at work, and it was my fault. With her deep understanding