Just Think Why not show employees you value their time by asking for permission the next time you extend a meeting beyond schedule? Set a start and a stop time for the meeting. Then, if you find it's running over, see if they think it should continue. And always allow people who have to leave to take that option.

Source: Positive Leadership Newsletter, Ragan Communications

Need a Read There's a reason why people are talking about Who Moved My Cheese, by Spencer Johnson, M.D. (1998, G.P. Putnam's Sons): It stands for all the challenges they're facing in their companies and careers.

This very short parable (it takes 20 minutes to read) follows two mice and two "little people" (who are exactly that) through a maze as they decide what to do when the cheese they're used to finding suddenly isn't there anymore. (Actually, the mice don't think at all, which is part of the lesson, and the cheese has really been chipped away at for a long time.) The point of the story, that we have to seek out new approaches to problems (or find new cheese when ours runs out) is why this book is being used by hundreds of companies, from Pepsi to Pep-Boys, to train their people to understand the nature of change - and their reaction to it.

New Sensation It doesn't get any slicker than The Muse, the new 200-room boutique hotel in the heart of New York City's theater district. Your experience starts with the check-in (on wireless laptops) and a concierge manager escorting you to your room. Upstairs, there's a feeling of escaping from the Broadway buzz down below, with featherbeds, Philosophy toiletries (this is the only hotel in the U.S. that has them) - even private balconies on the 14th floor. Another cozy touch the hotel offers: a complimentary "midnight pantry" of cookies and desserts, fruit and cheese, before you turn in for the night. Meeting space consists of two boardrooms for up to 12 people each and a function room that can accommodate 80 people.

www.anywho.com Need to locate that restaurant you used for a function in San Francisco? How about a DMC you recall from somewhere in Greater D.C.? Or a long-lost friend who moved to somewhere in the Midwest? Click on www.anywho.com, the tool that can help. You plug in as much information as you have (name and general location are fine) and anywho will give you all the possible coordinates. Then you can narrow your search. Also check out anywho's mapping feature (which many consider an invasion of privacy): Plug in your name, and it will give you a map right to your house. What's next?