1-Minute Strategies: Sept. ’11

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Set aside a few minutes each week to answer questions in the Q&A section of LinkedIn. Always include your contact information and a brief elevator pitch about yourself. You never know who might see it and decide they need you.

Tack on your own comment at the top of any forwarded email messages to help the recipient understand why it’s landing in her inbox. Example: “Jane, we were just talking about this at lunch the other day. Thought you’d appreciate!”

Keep things from falling through the cracks with Boomerang for Gmail, which works with Google Chrome or Firefox. First, compose a message in Gmail, then schedule it to arrive at, say, 2 p.m. on Wednesday, the day before your big deadline.

Room temperature can directly influence productivity at work, says a study by Cornell Uni­ver­sity. Changing the temperature from 68 degrees to 77 degrees reduced errors by 44% and increased typing output by 150%.

Have a ready reply the next time someone says, “Let me know if I can do anything for you,” says communications consultant Peggy Klaus. Example: “Introduce me to the CEO” or “Count me in when the firm signs up for any corporate sponsorships.”

You are what you eat. A study by Dr. Carol Greenwood found that eating more carbs for breakfast can inhibit memory, reports Pink magazine. And after a late night, magnesium-rich sunflower seeds can help keep you focused.

Need creative ways to honor a high-performing or long-serving employee? AllBusiness suggests the following unusual ideas: laundry service, neck-and-back massages at employees’ desks, on-site car washes and health club memberships.

Go beyond grazing on magazines and blogs. The average businessperson reads one book a year related to her profession. But the average C-level executive, the sort of executive you may work for, reads six. As you read, underline the great points, and note key page numbers.

Feel pulled in many directions? You’re not alone. Even executives (64%) report having too many conflicting priorities, according to Booz & Company’s Coherence Profiler.

Think before you speak, says Michael Feuer, co-founder and former CEO of OfficeMax. The same exuberance that drives successful people can drive them to say some ill-advised things. His advice: “Zip it before you talk yourself into trouble.”

What it takes to succeed: grit. One thing successful people have is grit, writes Heidi Grant Halvorson on the HBR Blog Network. “Grit is a willingness to commit to long-term goals and to persist in the face of difficulty,” she says. Grit predicts who will survive the first year at West Point or make it to the National Spelling Bee. Grit tip: Effort, planning, persistence and good strategies—what it takes to succeed—are not innate abilities.

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