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1-Minute Strategies: Nov. ’13

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Use your anger to cultivate your creativity. Don’t let negative emotions block the creative process, use them to attack and break through creative barriers. A study has found that channeling your anger into your work may help you focus longer, dig deeper and generate better solutions.

Remember bosses are people too. A boss is a boss, but having one doesn’t need to be a problem. Instead of engaging in power struggles, recognize that your boss is under a lot of pressure. Successful people focus less on how their boss manages, and instead learn how to manage their boss.

Give your network a boost by diversifying. When it comes to networking, sometimes the best connections are with those outside of your area of expertise. You may enjoy networking with professionals with similar backgrounds and views, but avoid turning your network into an echo of your personal beliefs. Make sure you embrace a variety of professionals.

Practice the 10/5 rule in the presence of co-workers. Within 10 feet, acknowledge the person, and within five feet say hello. — Christine Porath, Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.

Do you know your tone? The 158-marimba, or Tri-Tone as Apple renamed it, alerts millions of people around the world when they receive a text message. Not many of these people are aware that the tone was created through several hours of work by an audio/visual producer named Kelly Jacklin in 1999 for Sound­Jam for the purpose of alerting users when a CD completed the burning process. SoundJam was later bought out by Apple, and the rest is history.

Plenty of people wish they’d taken a different path. Philips North America surveyed 1,000 U.S. workers in 2013 on, primarily, job satisfaction. Seventy percent of the survey participants reported feeling regretful over their job choice, with most citing either a lack of mental stimulation or wishing they had chosen a more lucrative career path.

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