1-Minute Strategy

A small comfort when they don't call you back

Didn't get that dream job you were hoping for? Sure, spend an hour or so moping, but then remind yourself that you really only had a sliver of the whole picture of what you might have been getting into. No one told you at the interview about how the ...

Sell the win hard to sound like a leader

When you absolutely know that the positive outcome of a certain project or initiative is certain, you have the opportunity to appear very strong indeed when you speak of it. Don’t pass it up. Instead of saying, “We’re definitely goi...

With strolling comes credibility

One type of employee who definitely does not inspire confidence is the rusher—someone who physically moves much faster as he tackles a task or tears down the hallway at a sprint because he feels rushed. This type of frenetic movement doesn't sa...

Play devil's advocate--against yourself

By casually mentioning a downside or two of your ideas when you discuss them, you gain credibility as an objective, fair-minded person who thinks everything through. You also get ahead of the arguments that you may encounter, leaving opponents with l...

Clothes make the confidence

You know that feeling you get when you show up for work in a new outfit? After your next setback at the office, one that really makes you brood, think about heading right down to the mall and picking out something nice, then walking in the next day w...

Add a sucker punch to your writing

One good way to really wake up your reader, no matter how dry the topic of your document, is to very occasionally drop a paragraph consisting of a single sentence between two larger bodies of text. It can provide a dramatic jolt and create a quick, l...

Make electronic thank-yous memorable

Sending an electronic thank-you note is never quite as classy as a paper note or card, but there's one way to make your gratitude stand out: Create a memorable subject line that'll pop up impressively in their inbox. Instead of just "Thank you for yo...

Treat your phone like Kryptonite

Let's face it: It's not enough to just turn your cellphone off and try to ignore it. As long as it's within arm's reach, you know you're going to check it too often at work. To solve this, create an intentionally inconvenient "holding pen" for it, a ...

Know who you're working for

Most people are so busy just making a living that their company's place in the public eye isn't very important to them. But once in a while, it's good to take a few minutes to Google the company you work for. Read up on what others have to say about ...

Awaken a new passion the easy way

So life is getting a little stale and you're looking for inspiration. When you don't feel like dragging yourself to meetups or spending money on travel, try this: Go to a bookstore and walk not to the shelves, but to the magazine section. Get an eyef...