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The Tax Cut Deal: Remember Give and Take?

(2) Comments | Posted December 15, 2010 | 3:20 PM

"Did Obama blink on tax cuts?" asked the headline in The Washington Post. More than in the answers, I am intrigued by the question. Is governance really what the article went on to describe as "a high-stakes game of political chicken"? Or was The Washington Post merely pandering to the...

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When Being Scary Is Okay

(6) Comments | Posted November 9, 2010 | 12:47 PM

Yesterday I was talking to a former senior executive at a major company who is now mentoring a number of younger women. She told me she had given one of her mentees some tips on ways to boost her presence in company meetings (sit up straight, use your hands when...

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Men Up, Grizzlies Down

(1) Comments | Posted November 3, 2010 | 1:00 PM

Of all the many lessons we can draw from this election, the one that looms out for me is that wanton attacks on another candidate's gender don't win votes. In this case the attackers were the so-called "mama grizzlies." But, frankly, the gender of the bear isn't as important as...

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Time for Understanding

(2) Comments | Posted November 1, 2010 | 9:59 PM

I am not a supporter of the Tea Party. On the contrary, I believe their anti-government , anti-spending platform is bad for the country. But just because I don't agree with their agenda doesn't mean that I can't understand what motivates it.

I can understand that many responsible homeowners --...

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Wolfish Words in Sheep's Clothing

(29) Comments | Posted October 22, 2010 | 1:07 PM

Some people just don't get it. Respect, politeness and relationship-building are not about using nice words. To be effective, those words have to be matched by respectful and cooperative intentions. When they are insincere, they boomerang onto the speaker. Studies have shown that they actually cause our brains to light...

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Google's China Blunder

(2) Comments | Posted March 25, 2010 | 11:06 AM

As Google starts to unravel in China, with the People's Daily accusing it of spying, its local partners tearing up their contracts, and threats that the Chinese government might shut down the search engine entirely, everyone seems to be questioning what the company could have been thinking. Did Google's management...

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