Five tips to be a great boss… New domain name hits the scene… One screen just isn’t enough…

Five tips to be a great boss has come up with five tips to be a boss your employees will love:

1. Great bosses get the small picture: Never forget that employees experience things locally, from the trenches of IT or accounting or sales. In words and action, great bosses take account of those perspectives.

2. Great bosses make people feel smart: When presented in a meeting with some enthusiastic but misguided bit of twaddle from an employee, listen carefully for the tiniest germ of potential. Seizing that germ, great bosses talk it through – teasing it, tweezing it, rearranging it – until they produce something workable, leaving the employee thinking it was all their idea.

3. Great bosses know who does what: Know what your employees are doing and be able to give unforced compliments for recent achievements. A little praise goes a long way.

4. Great bosses know when they’re not wanted: Delegate, and then walk away. Hovering in the background doesn’t help get the job done, and isn’t a productive use of your time either.

5. Great bosses remember: Employees’ hobbies. Their families’ names. Who plays what position on the company netball team. Who is terrified of flying. Remember employees and they’ll remember you.

New domain name hits the scene

A new .asia internet domain name is now available, iTWire reports. Seven years after the idea of a .asia domain name was first raised, Companies with registered trademarks can apply for their .asia doman name with any one of 100 registries around the world authorised by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

The general public will be able to apply for their own .asia domain name in February 2008, with the most popular domain names to be sold by auction. The first .asia domain names will go live in March 2008.

One screen just isn’t enough

It’s nice being able to choose between watching TV or going online – but increasingly, according to a Solutions research survey reported by Time, people are opting to do both at the same time.

The study found that about 37% of the US population over the age of 12 use their computers while watching television at home. It’s unclear whether it’s something that happens across all age groups; it could well be the sort of thing tech-mad Gen-Ys are into more than the older generations.

As for what they’re watching, it’s possible they’re looking at the websites of the TV shows to find complementary information. For example, the top-ranking TV show website in the US, for game show Deal or No Deal, runs a competition in which viewers could win money by participating in a competition on the website. The result? A 15.46% audience share, 4% more than its nearest competitor.


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