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Sure, you know the standard career counsel about
showing up early and sucking up. But we scouted out the kind of
off-beat get-ahead ideas you won’t find anywhere else. Check out these
strange but smart success secrets, from feng shui-ing your way up the
fast track to casting spells that will make you the boss’s MVP. 1. Make Notes.
“Handwritten notes are the single best way to set yourself apart from the crowd,” says Mary Mitchell, author of The First Five Minutes
(John Wiley & Sons, 1998.) Write thank-yous (for time given as well
as gifts), add brief personalized comments on some memos, and job
congratulations to acknowledge your fearless leader’s accomplishments. 2. Go Green.
Wear green—the hue is reputed to help you concentrate—on superswamped
days to focus your attention on what needs to be done, says Suzi
Chiazzari, author of The Complete Book of Color
(Element, 1998). Your levelheaded handling of hectic office situations may well land you first in line come promotion time. 3. Give Right Gaze.
You’ll win points if you look fascinated by what the woman in charge is
saying. Whether it’s one-on-one or in a big meeting, lean forward a
little, cock your head slightly to one side, and make eye contact for a
few seconds at a time, says Harry E. Chambers, author of Getting Promoted
(Perseus Books, 1999). Bonus tip: don’t let your eyes wander above her head or she’ll know you’re faking it. 4. Feng Shui Your Space.
Rearrange your office or your cube so that you can see your door, says Kirsten M. Lagatree, author of Feng Shui at Work
(Villard, 1998). You’ll seem more powerful and send the subliminal
message to your supervisors to throw bigger assignments your way. 5. Subscribe to Something Boring.
Yep, they can be mind-numbing, but trade journals are your monthly
membership for getting ahead, says David Andrusia, author of The Perfect Pitch
(Warner, 1997). They’re desperate material, so you get a byline by
pounding out 250 words on something you know. You get your name in
front of everyone big in the industry, and you’re a mover and shaker