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1) Multitasking is counterproductive and thrashing: CNN.com Study: Multitasking is counterproductive (http://www.cnn.com/2001/CAREER/trends/08/05/multitasking.study/index. html)

Finally, a study to back up what I always told my managers at CEISS --
I cannot handle working on 6 different projects at one time and do work that meets my quality expectations under strict deadlines.

I work best when I'm working on 1 or 2 tasks/projects.

Actually, Hal Jorch (http://www.google.com/search? hl=en&safe=off&q=hal+), the first manager I had at CEISS, really understood this. (He didn't stay at CEISS very long -- hint hint).

When I told him I was being asked to do too many things at once he taught me about thrashing (http://www.google.com/search? q=cache:jWZKEJgzuzk:www.whatis.com/definition/0,289893,sid9_gci214055, 00.html+), which is what happens when a multitasking operating system starts spending more time switching between tasks than performing the tasks themselves. He said it applied to people every bit as much as computers.

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2) German Etiquette and Customs for Travelers: Your visit to Germany will be more enjoyable if you understand why people behave the way they do. You'll find information here about German customs and etiquette for everyday occasions.

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3) avoid products with ingredient 'partially hydrogenated': If you see the words "partially hydrogenated" in the list of ingredients, put the product back and look for another brand.

http://chetday.com/rea/reacentre.htm

Polyunsaturated fats in vegetable oils are healthy if they are left in the vegetables. Removing fats from vegetables shortens their shelf life. To preserve their freshness, they are either processed with heat, which destroys the very unstable essential omega-3 fatty acids; or, even worse, they are converted into harmful partially hydrogenated fats. Hydrogen atoms are added to replace the unsaturated double bonds between carbons, to create a very stable, more solid fat that is similar to saturated fat but has a different chemical structure. Approximately 7.5 percent of the fat in our diet comes from partially hydrogenated fats, which have been linked to increased risk for cancer and heart attacks.

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4) Book recommendations for potential writers?: Reading New Yorker magazine every week is probably more than enough if you want to keep up with what is good modern writing. Personally, I prefer Edith Wharton and her generation, but that's not a style that is likely to get one published in any modern magazine.

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5) HBS Publishing: Ideas At Work: Lead for Loyalty: The greater the loyalty a company engenders among its customers, employees, suppliers, and shareholders, the greater the profits it reaps. Frederick Reichheld, a director emeritus of Bain & Company, offers advice on improving loyalty that is based on more than a decade of research. Primarily, he says, outstanding loyalty is the direct result of the decisions and practices of committed top executives with personal integrity.

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6) JK on 'how to realise eternal reality: It is through self-knowledge, not through belief in somebody else's words, that a man comes to the eternal reality, in which his being is grounded.

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7) HBS Working Knowledge: Leadership, Strategy & Competition: Why Leaders Need Great Books: "Here's this young guy," says Badaracco of Jerry in the story. "He's smart. He's ambitious. Like the people he's selling insurance to, he's starting out with nothing in life. He wants to make something of himself; and ultimately he does. But he's got to deal very early in his career with something he thinks is wrong. "The struggle is partly with his own idealism versus the circumstances in which he's found himself. And it's partly against the policies of a large organization."

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8) HBS Working Knowledge: Leadership, Strategy & Competition: Harold Bloom On What Bill Gates Should Be Reading This Summer: Every individual—regardless of profession—needs to stretch his mind and to reflect, now and again, on the human condition. Literature beckons, but which works should be read, and why? To help answer these questions, HBR senior editor Diane L. Coutu recently met with Harold Bloom, the Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University and Berg Professor of English at New York University Graduate School. A MacArthur Prize winner, Bloom has edited more than 1,200 books of literary criticism and has written 24 books, among them such best-sellers as Shakespeare and The Western Canon. In this excerpt taken from a wide-ranging conversation in his home in New Haven, Connecticut, Bloom discussed what we can learn from literature—and what we cannot.

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