1-Minute Strategy

Beware of creating 'silence fatigue'

Think of all the times you've asked a co-worker to complete a task, and days went by with no word on its progress, and no reason you can think of why it shouldn't have been finished already. It adds a small but aggravating layer of worry to your dail...

Did they really say that, or do you just wish they had?

Ever played the game called Telephone, where a message is relayed along a chain of people to see how accurately it comes out after passing through all those connections? The office is like that, and those who play Telephone poorly are doing their co-...

A simple anti-nonsense tool

Once in a while, a co-worker will voice an idea or viewpoint that seems colossally dumb. (Naturally, this only happens to others, never ourselves ...) When you think someone's gone a little batty, try simply saying, "Sorry, can you repeat that?" This...

At least repaint the wall you stare at eight hours a day

When you're anxious for any sort of tiny change to the daily routine, go into your PC's Control Panel and go to Appearance and Personalization. There, don't spend time scrolling through fancy landscape photos or shots of the rainforest; instead us...

That locked cabinet doesn't have to mean doom for your files

Ever pulled on the drawer of a file cabinet only to find it's been accidentally locked tight—and it's been years since you last saw that darn key? Check out www.easykeys.com, which just needs the manufacturer's name and code number off the lock...

Let's get this meeting out of order!

Here's the thing about meeting agendas: Everyone likes to make them nice and specific, with impressively bulleted lists, but lengthy ones can actually lead people to get a little distracted. They start looking too far ahead, become fixated on how muc...

Are you sure that thought can't wait?

One of the most subtle ways to undermine your own credibility is to be an interrupter. At a meeting or presentation, make sure a clarification is something you truly require in order to keep from getting hopelessly lost, and refrain from offering ane...

Thanks for sharing, but not really

It's another groggy Monday morning and the coffee's barely started brewing in the kitchen. When you first come across a co-worker who you know well, what do you say right after "Hello"? Immediately springing into anecdotes of your weekend struggles a...

See? Slouching can be a good thing!

Got a stressful phone call to make, maybe one to a new vendor or client? Try making your sitting position as casual and cozy as possible, almost as if you're chatting with a friend on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Putting your body into a state of maximum...

Pass every book check

The question always seems to come up, whether it's at a party, a job interview, or just chatting with co-workers: "Read any good books lately?" More and more of us are having trouble answering this question, but if you want to appear credible and int...