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Be yourself, but carefully

September 24, 2013

Came across this article by the Harvard Business Review: Be Yourself, but Carefully and was mesmerized.  Communication is really one of the most complicated topics around today.  Be genuine, but not too genuine.  Don’t overshare, but if you don’t share enough you’re shy or introverted and risk never making strong relationships.

And, it all centers around knowing not only yourself (which in itself could take many years), but also the cultural background of your subjects, an assessment of whether you need to be establishing or strengthening a relationship, and some sort of guess about what a person’s comfort limits are.  Gee… sounds easy.

This article’s good – but it’s only a start.

 

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