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1-Minute Strategies: November ’15

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If you disagree with a colleague, pick the best time and place to speak up. First decide what’s to gain by disagreeing—what’s at stake. If you’re driven by negative feelings (such as jealousy or animosity) rather than a positive desire to clarify misunderstandings, hold back. Set a friendly, nonthreatening tone for the encounter, and begin with questions to confirm the other person’s views.

To clean up your writing, trust your ears. Writing an important email or memo and want to weed out the typos? Copy and paste it into Google translate and click on the “­listen” icon to hear it out loud. Some errors that slipped your eye will be announced quite clearly!

Keep your laptop screen private. You can restrict the viewing angle to just the person (i.e., you) using the laptop with a 3M privacy screen. A viewer beyond 10 degrees sees only a black screen.

The art of the favor. If a boss or co-worker asks you to do a reasonable favor for him, do it. Then accept his gratitude and don’t tell a soul what you did. If you brag, you risk ruining the good will you’ve built up by your actions. If you do favors for others quietly, it increases the odds that they’ll find ways to repay you.

Replace quirky interview questions with analytical ones to spot the best candidates. Some quirky questions like “who is your favorite superhero?” don’t necessarily get at anything useful, says Yashi co-founder and CEO Jay Gould. Instead, ask questions that make candidates think critically on the spot so you can assess their thought processes. For example: “Why shouldn’t I hire you?”

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