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An open-door policy sounds good but Bryant University management professor Michael Roberto notes that bad news doesn't walk through the door. He suggests the GM executives who weren't aware of their ignition-switch problems relied on an open door rather than seeking out dissenting opinions. Professor Michael Roberto's Blog

PRODUCTIVITY

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Know when to throw in the towel

Could giving up be your best time-management and productivity technique? It makes sense, when starting a task, to decide under what circumstances it is better to move on to something else rather than waste any more effort. Dumb Little Man

PRESENTATIONS

Always be prepared for the boss

Your CEO's time is valuable, so when presenting to the boss be specific, with a detailed plan and purpose, consultant Mark Stelzner advises. You'll likely be directed to one of the CEO's lieutenants for follow-up, so be prepared to suggest the names of one or two who might oversee the next steps. Linked-In

LEADERSHIP

Weed and water for long-term results

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Blogger Ron Edmondson says some leaders plant seeds; some water, creating systems to nurture progress; some pull weeds, identifying and addressing problems; and some see the resulting harvest. The two middle categories – watering and weeding – are vital to a long-time harvest. Ron Edmondson

TECH TIP

Book fake meetings your first day back

If you have a shared calendar, tech writer Christopher Null suggests controlling your post-vacation time by booking the entire first day of your return as if you're in meetings, so you can have time to get organized and catch up. PCWorld

Harvey Schachter is a Battersea, 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 work-life column Balance. E-mail Harvey Schachter

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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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