Too persuadable? Stick to email

If you're always punishing yourself for saying "yes" too often, look at the situations where it happens. Meetings and phone calls are more likely to…

How to set up subcommitees

Heading a committee or leading a project team is quite a job to begin with. When the group’s work gets heavy or complicated enough that you have to appoint subcommittees to handle specific areas or tasks, your job can become even tougher. These four tactics should help.

Are your ‘best practices’ just that?

Experts may recommend adopting best practices and performance benchmarks to improve your group’s performance. However, as management consultant Michael McLaughlin cautions, don’t import ready-made solutions until you’re sure they’ll work in your situation. Test each practice four ways.

When under pressure, who are you?

Exceptional times—good or bad—often require leaders to change, either to take advantage of what’s going right or to remedy what isn’t. Look closely at three aspects of your leadership.

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Today's Leadership Tip

Before you lay down to sleep ...  (1) Review your to-do list.  (2) Do a brain dump. If your thoughts are running wild, write them down. Once they’re on paper, you can rest.  (3) Turn off electronics two hours before.  (4) Center yourself. Find at least 20 minutes for decompression and reflection.   — Adapted from “4 Things to Do Before You Go to Bed,” Kevin Daum, Inc.

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Q: Our staff has been given a project to record dozens of short first-person presentations on video. We’ve found that a few folks are depressingly wooden, formal, and uneasy on camera. Is there a simple way to snap them out of their stage awkwardness?

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