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Planning and Organizing, an About Management Special

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Planning and organizing are essential to the success of any manager. In this special we look at how to plan and organize more effectively.

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Organizing
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A To Do List That Works
Somehow there never seems to be enough hours in the day to accomplish all the things on your to do list. Here is the system that has worked for me. It can work for you too.

What's Wrong With A Messy Desk?
Every day more information is thrown at you. You are too busy to deal with it right away so it just begins to pile up. Your desktop begins to look like a war zone. The problem is that important stuff gets lost. Now you can fight back.

How to Build an Org Chart
Creating an org chart for your department or for an entire company is pretty easy. Here's a quick guide. Then read Org Charts as a Management Tool.

Avoid The Email Avalanche
Use the tools available to manage your email and reduce clutter. Most email programs give you tools and this article will show you how to use them to get your email under control.

You Have To Have An Email Policy
If your company uses email, you have to have a written email policy. To not have one opens you up to all manner of headache and potential liability.

Tame the Desktop Monster
Now that you've cleaned up your desktop, it seems like a losing battle to keep it clean enough to find things. You CAN keep the paper flow on your desk from getting out of hand. Here's how to take back control.

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Planning
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A Manager's Annual Plan
A multi-part, chronological series on how to analyze and improve your organization, this feature looks at goals and goal setting, matching people to the tasks, communicating mission statements, and leadership.

How to Draft a Mission Statement
A good mission statement provides strategic vision and direction for the organization. Here's how to write one in 12 clear steps.

Properly Placing the Blame
If the unthinkable actually happens to your company, you should have something more professional to fall back on than blaming someone else.

Stepping Backward is Okay
Sometimes even the best ideas don't work. What is important how you deal with it. You can continue to try to fix the program. Or you can bite the bullet and acknowledge that it didn't work. That's the smart thing to do.

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