Chapter 10. DEEP DIVE

"I shall always be a flower girl to Professor Higgins because he treats me as aflower girl and he always will."


In the musical My Fair Lady, Professor Higgins, a wealthy academic, wins a bet with his friend, Colonel Pickering, that he can take an ordinary Cockney flower girl and pass her off as a duchess among London's high society merely by refining her speech and dress. After he finally succeeds, the flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, suggests that the only real difference between a lady and a humble flower girl is "not how she behaves but how she is treated". These nine words are critical for all leaders.

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In the 1950s, psychologists carried out a famous experiment in schools ...

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