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December 8, 2014
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Getting Ahead
Avoid these career-killing habits
Failing to deliver on promises, resisting change and sending nasty e-mails are three ways to sabotage your career, writes Alan Cutter, the CEO of AC Lion. Keep open lines of communication with your co-workers and management, he suggests. LinkedIn (12/3)
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Make meetings less painful
Meetings can be made better in many ways, starting with making them shorter, according to advice from Dan Rockwell and PowerHouse Performance CEO Jenny Evans. Set an "expiration date" for meetings, declare an explicit purpose for each meeting and don't allow distractions. "The responsibility for great meetings is always the responsibility of the person leading the meeting," Rockwell writes. Fast Company online (12/4), Leadership Freak blog (12/4)
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Is Pricing Low Your Strategy to Success? Think again.
Pricing is the heart of a business. It affects everything you do and is affected by everything you do. Economists talk of supply and demand as key factors behind pricing—successful entrepreneurs manipulate demand by making their products more desirable. These six steps will help you determine the right price for your product or service, read the article and learn how to get pricing right.

Making the Connection
Great networkers keep well-organized calendars
Your calendar is the most important networking tool, as it can help keep you organized and consistent, writes Dave Delaney. Make your calendar easily searchable by repeating specific keywords, he suggests. The Tennessean (Nashville) (tiered subscription model) (12/6)
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The Landscape
U.S. economy added 321,000 jobs in Nov.
The U.S. Labor Department reported that 321,000 jobs were created in November, beating the 230,000 jobs that economists predicted. The unemployment rate stayed at 5.8%. CNBC (12/5)
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Your Next Challenge
Strategic storytelling is a key job-interview skill
Be prepared to tell eight to 10 stories of leadership and success when heading for a job interview, writes Jeffrey Kudisch. "Building a library of compelling stories takes time. Waiting until after an interview is scheduled is like trying to lose 10 pounds in two days," he writes. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (12/5)
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Balancing Yourself
A productive workday starts the night before
Get in the habit of structuring your ideal workday the night before, experts suggest. Planning can be as simple as taking five minutes to outline your top three priorities. Mashable (12/7)
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The Water Cooler
The search for an e-mail killer continues
New and better collaborative messaging services, mobile communication apps and services that filter or block unwanted e-mails are giving hope to a more manageable inbox, Leigh Gallagher writes. The problem, says Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, is that e-mail is just good enough to survive. "Some technologies stay around just because there isn't anything better," he says. Fortune (12/4)
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