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Thinking of a time at work when you were powerful can boost your self esteem.

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Reflecting on a time when you had power can improve your performance in job interviews, research by psychologist Joris Lammers shows, because it boosts esteem and confidence, making you more assertive. Blogger Jeremy Dean says this "power-up" technique could be helpful in many other situations. PsyBlog

The overlooked leadership attributes

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Executive coach Mary Jo Asmus shares some leadership competencies that aren't often highlighted: patience; silence (knowing when to be quiet, and the impact of hurtful words); appropriate pace (so others aren't left dazed, confused or in the dust as you rush ahead); and respect for others. Aspire Collaborative Services Blog

Broad is good, deep is better

Specialization is more important for managers than being generalists, says General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt. Careers must be both broad and deep, but deep now predominates. Thirty years ago when he started out, management was broad first and deep second. Knowledge@Wharton

Forget the souvenirs. Share the stories

Instead of bringing souvenirs home from her business trips for her two sons, New York-based filmmaker Dyllan McGee finds it more effective to spend time with them sharing stories of her experiences. Fast Company

Check your e-mail for emotions

Tone Check is a free, "emotional" spell-check for your e-mail. It works with it Microsoft Outlook 2003, 2007 and 2010, and scans for more than 200 emotions that you may be conveying to recipients, from affection, friendliness and excitement to fear, anger and shame. Eric Jacobson on Management

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Harvey Schachter is a Battersea, Ont.-based writer specializing in management issues. He writes Monday Morning Manager and management book reviews for the print edition of Report on Business and an online work-life column Balance. E-mail Harvey Schachter

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