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The ideal workplace? It’s not open plan

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Research collected by psychologist Jeremy Dean indicates the ideal workplace has lots of curves rather than just straight edges, a calming view to the outside environment, plants, and attention to decorations. It's also not open plan. – PsyBlog

Last-place finishers deserve recognition

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Modern organizations focus on winners, but entrepreneur Seth Godin says you can encourage success by honouring the dedication, perseverance and hard work marked by the Red Lantern – the prize given to the final finisher of the gruelling Iditarod dog race. – Seth's Blog

Focus your networking on those you know

Blogger John Corcoran suggests following the 80-20 rule for networking. Spend 80 per cent of your time connecting with people you know (they are likely to be a gateway to others) and 20 per cent with new people. – Dumb Little Man

Tips to improve your listening skills

When listening, maintain your calm to be sure you're not in a rush, advises trainer Dan Rockwell. Ask at least three questions before making one statement. Test and explore, rather than defend. And forget your answer but explore theirs. – Leadership Freak

Guard credit cards with a smart wallet

The Ping is a smart wallet for credit cards that can be synced to your smartphone and alert you when a credit card has been lost by keeping tabs on which credit cards have been removed but not returned in a short period of time. – Springwise.com

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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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