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A tip for receiving compliments, specific to American business culture:

“Thank you.”
“Thanks; that made my day.”
“Thanks; it is always great to know the work matters to people.”

are all probably better socially adjusted than deflecting compliments.

Just macro your favorite.
I grew up in a social milieu which expects self-effacing behavior and I know many other folks who are socialized similarly. This is not generally rewarded in the American professional sphere.
If someone says “Thank you. Your work was key to shipping $X.” and you say “Oh I don’t deserve that! Many people worked on $X.” you have just stapled “WAS NOT KEY CONTRIBUTOR ON $X” to their memory of your performance.
There exist cultures where “Oh, I barely worked on $X at all.” will be read as “Yeah you’d best believe the company would be ^{*{#ed right now but I stepped up.” (Ahh, salaryman chess, how I enjoy you so.)

US workplaces generally are not one of them.

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