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Leadership Step by Step by Joshua Spodek

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CHAPTER 13

Write Your Modelsfor Leadershipand Emotions

When the company I cofounded nearly went bankrupt in 2003, the investors squeezed me out. It was emotionally painful and humbling, but I had a mortgage and needed to eat, so I couldn’t dwell on it. I had to find a job.

Graduate school and starting a company hadn’t taught me how to find one, so I did what I figured everyone did. I worked on my résumé and sent it everywhere. Luckily, a friend of a friend’s company was hiring. They were in education and technology, areas I valued and had experience in. After a few interviews they offered me a job in product development, where I figured an inventor like me could enjoy himself and contribute to making the world a better place. I started enthusiastically. ...

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