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Power Points: This week's productivity tips

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Tips from around the web on workplace productivity

Wear the company hat

Accept decisions that may not be in the best interest of your unit but are in the best interest of the company, Reg Jones, onetime CEO of GE, wrote in his celebrated compilation of business advice. Three Star Leadership Blog

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Customer no-no

Consultant Alan Weiss and his wife went to a restaurant where there were about 20 available booths, but the hostess pressed, despite their resistance, to sit at high-top tables. He learned later that no one likes to sit there, so the restaurant tries to prod patrons to do something they don't want to do - an obviously dumb way to treat customers, and one you'll want to avoid in your own company. Contrarian Consulting

Chinese studies

Research shows that, contrary to popular belief, ethnically Chinese firms in China do not outperform non-ethnically Chinese companies when it comes to profitability. This could be because they don't invest as much in human capital and intangible assets. NBER.org

Shareware tip

GeeTeeDee is a shareware "to-do" list that doesn't take up much computer space and has a clean, simple-to-use interface for listing your tasks, broken down by categories if you wish. Addictivetip.ca

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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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