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The Executive Mystic: Psychic Power Tools for Success, by Barrie Dolnick (HarperBusiness, $22).

Synopsis: Deflect negative vibes by smudging your office with sage. Carry marigold to help win a legal case. Plus other "completely accessible and practical" tips for getting ahead in business using herbs, tarot, colors, stones, and more!

Representative quote: "If you have the luxury of choosing when to initiate a project, choose the new moon, or waxing moon. If you can't wait for that, use your psychic power tools to add to the energy of your initiation."

Noteworthy flaw: Does not suggest which herbs and spells best counteract damage to career caused when superiors learn of loony mystic beliefs.

Power Sleep: The Revolutionary Program That Prepares Your Mind for Peak Performance, by Dr. James B. Maas (Villard, $25).

Synopsis: A third of the United States is sleep deprived. We need to sleep more, and we can. During the day, at the office, for instance.

Representative quote: "Turn off the ringer on the phone, close the door, and turn off the lights. Put a sign on your door knob: 'I'm recharging my batteries,' or 'I'm power-napping.'"

Noteworthy flaw: Fails to mention that loss of employment due to on-the-job naps will free up plenty of time for sleeping.

The Color Code, by Taylor Hartman, PhD (Scribner, $22).

Synopsis: The personalities of both people and nations can be described by one of four colors--red, white, yellow, and blue--representing bundles of traits. Abe Lincoln was a blue; so is Denmark. Sometimes you can be two colors.

Representative quote: "Easily bored, Yellows seek adventure. They can never sit still for long. They choose friends who, like them, refuse to allow the 'boring details' to get in the way of the most important thing in life--play."

Noteworthy flaw: A tie between (a) adoring foreword written by wife Jean ("How do I introduce this man?") and (b) three pages of small print shilling for tapes, books, and seminars ("Dr. Taylor Hartman may be retained as a keynote speaker").

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