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Reclaim the lost art of conversation

With so many of us looking at our smartphones, it’s almost quaint to have a face-to-face conversation. Yet there’s no replacement for looking into someone’s eyes and establishing a bond.

Keep close tabs on your time

To squeeze more productivity out of your workday, identify and plug holes that waste precious time.

What vision will you leave behind?

Robert Moses is best known as the man who looked at a marshy, unsightly expanse and slowly transformed it into the city of Flushing Meadows, New York.

Toss out sexist assumptions

Marjorie Kaplan, former head of Animal Planet and TLC for Discovery Communications, describes an example of sexism early in her career, plus the kind of constant noise that still plagues aspiring women.

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Today's Leadership Tip

Over time at the office, we all tend to repeat the same anecdotes and catch phrases we've trotted out a hundred times. It's habit and it feels unavoidable. But as a leader or manager, people are listening more closely to you and have less patience if you keep reaching for the same metaphors, laugh lines and tales from your glory days. You're supposed to be a real thinker, after all. Don't get overfond of your best material—keep it fresh or your credibility may slowly suffer with each spin of a tired record until you become a parody of yourself.

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Q. The nature of our business is up and down. All the volatility makes it fun for me, but some members of our team aren’t very good at handling the uncertainty. They get frazzled and don’t deal well with sudden lulls and surges in activity. Are there ways to help people take volatility in stride?

Whether you've been in a leadership role for a while, are new to it, or have it as one of your career goals, you know that one of the biggest challenges all leaders face is to be taken seriously. Learn the three A's of looking and acting like a leader: articulation, appearance and assertiveness. Become a better leader with this valuable recording. Watch the video now.

Project management training, advice and wise counsel can be found anywhere. Fair less is written about leading projects. This short article won’t put much of a dent in the balance of that writing — project management vs. project leadership, but it will illuminate five key lessons that I have learned from personal experience, as well as coaching and observing others.

Three actions to adopt with your team.

Q: "For the past five years, I have suffered from depression. During that time, I have been on and off medication. However, I have never told my employer about this problem. During my recent performance review, I received a 'needs improvement' rating for the first time, which was very upsetting. Do you think I should tell my manager about my depression?"