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Three key ratings about your job fit

To check if your job is right for you, rate it on a scale of 1 to 10, on three factors: career – whether it offers growth and the chance to expand your capabilities; charter – whether the job has the right scope, a compelling mission, and allows you to have a meaningful impact; and coalition – whether you have the support of your manager, friends in high places, and a good internal network. J.D. Meier's Blog


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Check out applicants in three settings

Interview people in three different places, suggests retired executive Eric Jacobson. They will usually be at their best in the first interview in your office, so see how they operate in a second interview over lunch at a restaurant and finally in a group setting with other employees. Eric Jacobson on Management


Strategic plans begin with the right talent

Always back a strategic plan with a talent plan. Consultant Art Petty says the failure to identify and engage the right talent practically guarantees failure. Leadership Caffeine Blog



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Collaborate in Excel

If you collaborate with others in Microsoft Excel, you may have to check the changes made to a formula since you last worked on the file. Office 2013's Spreadsheet Compare feature takes two Excel files and tells you the difference between them in formula and values through a simple table layout.

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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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