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Show enthusiasm for your annual performance review

Beat your boss to the performance review by doing a self-assessment first.

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Your boss may hate doing performance reviews as much as you hate receiving them. Human resources blogger Alison Green suggests you indicate you're looking forward to the session, which will make the process more pleasant for your manager. Help by providing your own-self assessment first, which may influence your manager's. USNews.com

Designate one briefcase for each workplace

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If you work out of two locations, neither of which is home base, consider separate briefcases to serve as virtual offices for each, and separate to-do lists for each locale, advises productivity guru David Allen. Productive Living

Tick three boxes when choosing a leader

Bernard Tyson, chief executive officer of U.S. health plan provider Kaiser Permanente, assesses leaders on three dimensions: head (how they think, take in information and work); heart (how they relate to people and get others excited about doing something); and guts (their ethical compass). New York Times

Right life partner trumps the right career

Advertising consultant Roy H. Williams taught his three sons their choice of a life partner would be more important than their educational path or career choice in determining future happiness: "I know such statements are considered to be heresy in career-worshipping America but they never arrested me for it." Monday Morning Memo

Audit your rivals' online marketing efforts

Social Crawlytics is a free social-media tool that looks at your competitor's online marketing efforts and determines which content is shared the most and who is doing the greatest amount of sharing. It can also audit your own efforts. Larry Chase's Web Digest for Marketers

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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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