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Keep focused

Remove from your browser the bookmarks of websites that tend to draw you away from your work. Forcing yourself to have to type in the website's name on your address bar to search the Web is a small barrier that might keep you focused on your work. The Positivity Blog

Skip the booze

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Research by professors Scott Rick of the University of Michigan and Maurice Schweitzer of the Wharton School of Business found that job candidates who ordered alcohol in simulated interviews were perceived as less intelligent and less hirable than those who didn't, regardless of whether the prospective boss ordered an alcoholic beverage first. Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Thinking 'we'

Management consultant Lisa Haneberg says she routinely hears managers who talk about expectations, accountability, results and change - what they want from others - but "what I rarely hear, is leaders talking about how they excite, create meaning, or help people think 'we.' I can't remember ever hearing a leader talk about their interest in creating a joyful and fulfilling workplace." Management Craft

Excel tip

If you have several worksheets in an Excel workbook, you can colour code the tabs by viewing the worksheet and clicking on Format> Colour or left-clicking on the tab itself and clicking on Font Colour. Online Tech Tips

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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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