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By Dennis McCafferty

IT Careers: A Little Humility Goes a Long Way

First-Person, PluralUsing "we" instead of "I" instantly wins the support and respect of your team members and colleagues.

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Check that EgoA strong ego fuels confidence and drive. Excessive ego leads to arrogance, hubris.

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Respect from the Bottom Up Beyond colleagues and C-suit executives, the way you interact and engage with everyone in your organization -- including administrative assistants and mailroom clerks -- greatly influences how you're perceived.

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Shape Your "Authentic Core"Who you are is evident in how you respond to criticism, handle failure, adapt to change and respond to success, among other factors.

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Press the Pause ButtonWhen you allow three seconds of silence before answering a question, you project that you're putting sincere thought into the answer.

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Be a Great PoliticianMake everyone who visits your office feel like a VIP and you'll build lasting good Karma.

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Remove Physical BarriersGet out from behind your desk when you engage. Walk away from the podium during a presentation.

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Be PunctualIt's a sign that you value other people's time as much as your own.

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Don't be Afraid to Get ToughYou can tackle issues head-on while still treating those involved professionally. This puts the focus on the situation not the people.

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Build Your NetworkSet a goal of meeting five new people in your company every week - and remember their names the next time you see them.

This article was originally published on 09-14-2011