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Give a modest progress report

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When your boss asks for an update on a project that you and your employees are working on, reinforce your leadership with a good answer:

1. Use the first-person plural. Keep your ego in check by replacing “I” with “we” to describe every initiative and accomplishment. Listeners will credit you as a team leader.

2. Applaud a bigwig’s advice. Mention how a senior executive’s input helped. Weave in phrases such as “we took your advice to heart.”

3. Build drama. Portray your team as facing a complex problem. Then describe how the group overcame obstacles to produce results. Carry your listeners along for a brief, inspiring ride from a troubled start to a triumphant end.

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