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Monday, February 26, 2007

Don't tell me you don't like the pork chop

It's the nemesis of every working person I know: The dreaded boss, co-worker, client who becomes toxic. Last week over lunch, author Stuart Levine said one way to aim for more productivity and better work/life balance is to stay away from toxic people.
"You've got to kick people out of your life that are sucking the lifeblood out of you,'' Levine told a group of about 10 of us in the Miami conference room of Tannenbaum Weiss.
Levine says he and his wife no longer dine with people who complain the whole meal about their veal chop. "People who are toxic get less of my time,'' he says, suggesting we apply this in our work day.
Levine also advocates being direct. His book Cut to the Chase is filled with more tips on how to do that. But here's one he shared with the lunch group: when asked to attend a meeting with your boss or a client ask, "What's the agenda?'' I think that's a great way to cut to the chase.

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