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Where's My "Get Out of Work Free" Card?

No matter how far up the corporate ladder you may climb, when you look behind you, you’ll probably see a stack of paperwork mounting steadily behind you.

Even the most seasoned of delegators find there is a certain amount of grunt work that simply can't "trickle down" to the next in command. Often, the grunt work just takes over: a well known study described in the Harvard Business Review in 2002, found that "fully 90 percent of managers squander their time in all sorts of ineffective activities."

Which is to say, work is . . . work. Inevitably, there are decisions to be made that don't take effect with a commanding sweep of the hand or stately nod as Hollywood sometimes leads us to believe. For every blindingly brilliant pronouncement, there’s a raft of unseen, but stultifying, e-mails, phone calls, and meetings.

Or is there? What's the reality of your workday? Can you have the glam without the grunt?

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