Heads in the sand: Many business people are so focused on...

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February 16, 1997

Heads in the sand: Many business people are so focused on their own companies they don't pay enough attention to their rivals. Researchers from Stanford University and UCLA told Entrepreneur magazine that in an experiment they conducted, many executives found it hard to articulate what their competitors' motives and objectives were. The experiment placed executives on different teams, and many didn't notice that their competitors had taken certain actions.

Flex time: Getting your boss to agree to a flexible work schedule may be hard to do, but even when your company agrees, there are still issues to be dealt with, says Fast Company magazine. In its February-March issue, the magazine offers some advice from Marcia Kropf, a vice president of Catalyst, a nonprofit group that studies problems women face in the workplace. She suggests workers have periodic meetings with superiors to discuss how the arrangement is faring. Flex-timers may also run into resentment from co-workers. Kropf suggests that when colleagues comment on your "long weekend," say you'll be working at home and will be available to help them by phone.

Paper trail: Although the investment business couldn't survive or grow without technology, many financial analysts and money managers still prefer paper documents. That's the finding of Straightline International, a New York-based marketing firm, which polled 1,500 analysts and money managers. Ninety percent of the respondents said they use printed annual reports in their work, 79 percent said they use paper faxes to get financial figures. Conference calls were used by 53 percent, and 39 percent liked e-mail.

Pub Date: 2/16/97

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