Certain objects strategically placed around the office can be subtly used non-verbally to increase the status and power of the occupant. Some examples include:
- Low sofas for visitors to sit on.
- A telephone with a lock on it.
- An expensive ashtray placed out of the reach of the visitor, causing him inconvenience when ashing his cigarette.
- A cigarette container from overseas.
- Some red folders left on the desk marked 'Strictly Confidential'.
- A wall covered with photos, awards or qualifications that the occupant has received.
- A slim briefcase with a combination lock. Large, bulky briefcases are carried by those who do all the work.
All that is needed to raise your status, increase your power and effectiveness with others is a little thought given to non-verbal gymnastics in your office or home. Unfortunately, most executive offices are arranged like the one in Figure 163; rarely is consideration given to the negative non-verbal signals that are unwittingly communicated to others.
We suggest that you study your own office layout and use the preceding information to make the positive changes needed.
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