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Reach out to others to reach your goals

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We don't grow and develop in isolation, but through relationships, notes consultant John Maxwell. So if you set some goals for yourself or your business for the year ahead, make a list of them and beside each item write the name of at least one person who could help you achieve that goal. Over the next few weeks, reach out to each person and seek their assistance. John Maxwell Co.

Failure or mistake? What's the difference?

Entrepreneur Seth Godin says a failure is a project that doesn't work, an initiative that likely teaches you something even if the outcome doesn't move you closer to your goal. A mistake, on the other hand, is a failure repeated or a misguided attempt that hindsight reminds you was a bad path to take. Avoid mistakes. But accept that failures can be fine – and understand the difference between the two. Seth's Blog

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Starbucks board gets younger voice

Starbucks has appointed Clara Shih, the 29-year-old chief executive of social-media firm Hearsay Social, to its board of directors. Michael Roberto, a professor at Bryant University, notes that corporate leaders often fall out of touch with key social and technological trends, and says this is a refreshing move that will help the Starbucks board be more attuned to generational differences and consumer trends. Professor Michael Roberto's Blog

Delay the startup of secondary apps

If you hate waiting forever for Windows to boot up, you can take back some control with My Startup Delayer. It allows you to direct some applications to start a few minutes after the main items you need are up and ruining. AddictiveTips.com

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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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