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"Some People Seem To Think ... you're either born with [courage] or you're not. The courage to stand alone in the workplace can be acquired. I think it has five elements. It starts with a willingness to be a little different.... It requires an ability to carefully consider, then accept or reject, other opinions.... You need a belief in yourself.... The world does not like 'different.' You will pay a price. If you believe in yourself, the price is lower. A belief in your ideas is crucial.... You must believe in the idea as much as you believe in yourself. It also requires a loyalty to something bigger.... It may be justice. It may be the long-term viability of the company. It may be an ethical reason or it may be moral. It may be a cause in which you believe deeply.... You don't buy courage at the supermarket, but if you develop the traits above, you can stand alone when the going gets tough."

Tim McGuire"Rising above fray at work may mean you'll stand alone"Reprinted by permission of United Feature Syndicate, Inc.September 14, 2003

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