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Anecdotes (Hopefully Relevant)

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Steve K.

An interesting entry, my impression is that it describes "assertiveness" as counter-punching against those employing faux "leadership" (intimidation, manipulation).

A couple of stories come to mind.

The current Enron corporate management debacle includes a story about the CFO invoking the "Skilling Card", i.e. using the name of the CEO as being behind him in any debate, even thought the CEO wasn't present and likely knew nothing about the issue. This also came up in my corporate days, when the executive VP realized that his name was being invoked by lower level managers to win arguments. I.e. "Well, Smith says we ought to do it my way ..." (not his real name). "Smith" smiley - grr actually issued a memo ordering that people stop using his name without his involvement.

On being accused of inconsistency, I think it was Walt Whitman who said, "Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I am large, I contain multitudes." smiley - cdouble

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