1-Minute Strategy

Try the '45'

How you position your desk in your office says a lot to your employees. Facing the door with your desk at a perpendicular angle makes you look rigid, like a high school principal ready to chew someone out. Against the side wall makes you loo...

Like it or not, sometimes your desk extends to your car

Ever agreed to give a lift to a co-worker or two—maybe even your boss—only to suddenly realize on your way out to the car that it's filled with junk, soda bottles, food wrappers and whatever the kids have cluttered it with today? It's not...

Can a little selfishness go a long way?

In his book The Lonely Crowd, David Riesman famously suggests that “inner-directed” people tend to be self-motivated, goal-oriented and led by their own sense of mission. Inner-directed people, he says, are most likely to become leader...

Post-it notes: Go big

If you’re gathering input from meeting attendees, you may want to go the oversized Post-it note route. The company makes 20-inch x 23-inch, 20-sheet pads that mount to a wall or easel. Sheets are bleed-resistant and can self-stick to other surf...

Are you a sentence stomper?

Or, in other words, do you talk over a person’s last few words in their sentence just to get a jump on what you have to say? Be mindful if you engage in this rude conversation behavior. It sends a clear message that you haven’t listened t...

Put your daily interactions under the microscope

Today at work, you may have dozens of interactions with people. How many of them, though, are actually worthy? Try this experiment on a busy day: On a sheet of paper, track with a simple mark how many individual times you discuss work with people&mda...

Is your copier a blabbermouth?

If you send your print jobs to the copier/printer/scanner that all employees use, you’re asking for a security breach on the morale-busting level. An employee waiting at the copier for it to spit out his job just might see your “list of e...

Taking a newbie out to lunch? Make it real

We've all been taken out for an awkward welcome lunch at a new job, and just tried to get through it without embarrassing ourselves. When a group takes an employee out, that person inevitably feels under the microscope in some way—or at the ver...

Careful where you dangle that cellphone number

Do you casually include your cellphone number in the email signature that's seen by co-workers and clients alike? Watch out; if it's there, it's an invitation to use it when they can't get through on your office line. Do you really want to be driving...

One thing you should always buy in bulk

There's something simple that you never stop needing in the office, yet we bet you're always out ...