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11.) Know when to say, "And to all, a good night!"

Every year, your boss's boss throws the annual company yawn-fest. Make that "dinner." And, dammit, you better be there or come the next workday you may find your cubicle has been seriously booby-trapped. But though you're bored to tears, how long do you have to suffer before you're allowed to flee the "festivities"?

Game Plan: "Watch those people who are considered well-regarded, then leave when they do," says Kathleen Reardon, professor of management at USC's Marshall School of Business and author of It's All Politics. "You don't want to be the first — and absolutely not the last." Even more specifically, she adds, "Don't leave before your immediate boss, or right after." Aim to amble out anywhere between 11 to 15 minutes after he does.

Bonus: Try to make tiny connections with your boss — a big smiley high-five, a quick joke and a laugh — then walk away. All he'll remember is that he had a good time with you.



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