If you want to break a bad habit, you need to change your thinking first, John Baldoni argues. One way to do that is to shake up your routine and to encourage others to do the same. "If you hold staff meetings early, hold them later in the day. If you like to do business via email, make more phone calls," he writes. As the new year approaches, those who can find new ways of doing business will have an advantage over those who can't, he argues.

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