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All the Leader You Can Be: The Science of Achieving Extraordinary Executive Presence by Suzanne Bates

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CHAPTER 11

Executive Presence for Women

So Much for Conventional Wisdom

The enemy of conventional wisdom is not ideas but the march of events.

—JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH

KASEY

Kasey Carson walked briskly from behind her desk, inviting our executive coach and one of her direct reports to have a seat at the executive conference table. Prominently placed at the center of that table was a bonsai tree, a symbol of realism in miniature. To explain, “Oh, Kasey keeps it there to remind us to get real and bring the idea down to size.”

Kasey had joined the company six months earlier, establishing excellent rapport with her team and becoming a close advisor to the CEO. What people enjoyed about her style could also be overstrength. On the positive side, ...

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