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December 24, 2013


It's funny, Katie, how easy it is to forget in the heat of battle. My best bet, I've found, is not to respond to something that pushes a button until the next day. As long as I don't let it fester overnight (which can blow it out of proportion), I can then manage to step back a little and realize that there are alternative explanations.

Actually, what really works well for me is when someone ELSE makes the same judgment that I first leapt to; then in playing devil's advocate, I realize the fallacies in my own thinking!

Great post! I try to adhere to my "examine their motives" philosophy, which makes me stop and think before I form an opinion or react to someone. Comes in handy when I can remember it.

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  • Kathrin ("Kate") Winkler is Sr Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at EMC Corporation, where she has a history of taking on entirely new roles in which she has to fill in the interstices between more traditional functions. She and her husband Angus are bicoastal on land, though they prefer to be 50 feet below the surface of tropical waters.

    I took on the full-time sustainability position in July of 2008, and am using this blog to document my personal and professional journey. Needless to say (but I'll say it anyway), these views are my own and do not necessarily represent those of my employer. Content published here is not read or approved in advance by EMC and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of EMC or any other employees of EMC.
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