Here are 7 objects that convey authority in the workplace, according to Marc Salem’s Mind Games.
- Your diploma. Some people think it looks tacky, but it demonstrates ability, pride and confidence. Don’t give it center stage though.
- A family photo. It defines who you are.
- A dumbbell. Set it on the floor in full view. It says to your co-workers, “I take my health as seriously as the company’s.”
- A map or globe. It demonstrates you’re a big picture thinker.
- A signed anything. It conveys importance through association.
- A set of something. Encyclopedias, rare books, whatever. It shows you have a focused and curious mind.
- A ticking clock. It says, “I’m important and busy.”
Here are 6 things that suggest weakness:
- A messy desk. How can you control your corner of the company if you can’t control your own work space?
- Formica furniture. You’re not even important enough for wood.
- An outdated cell phone. Stay up-to-date with current trends much?
- Cardboard boxes. Going somewhere?
- Anything orange. It suggests emotional instability. Couldn’t tell you why.