The High-Performer's Cheat Sheet

The 10 rarely-discussed-but-totally-essential career skills they don't teach in business school—and expert advice on how to nail them.

By Lea Goldman

August 16, 2013 9:00 AM
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Buy the perfect gift for your boss.

The key is to find a present that demonstrates thoughtfulness without being overly personal (no spa gift certificates or clothing), advises Pina Ferlisi, creative director for high-end department store Henri Bendel. Monogrammed gifts—a passport case for the world traveler, for example—are especially impressive since you need to order those in advance. (Tap the boss's assistant for intel on her lifestyle.) Never give gift cards, and do splurge on fancy gift wrapping. "Presentation is everything," adds Ferlisi.

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