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Managers as Mentors, 3rd Edition by Marshall Goldsmith, Chip R. Bell

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21Beyond the Relationship

Ensuring the Transfer of Learning

Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it.

Confucius (sixth century BC)

There are many advantages to being raised on a farm. You learn a lot about how nature really works. Instead of watching milk come pouring out of a carton, you get to see it come squirting out of a cow.

Before high-tech milking machines, milk made its way to your glass the long way around. It was the product of the bribery of a bag of feed, special squeezes on a reluctant udder, numerous restarts after the milk pail was kicked over or a tail in pursuit of a fly was deposited inside, slow straining through cheesecloth, plus careful skimming and cooling. ...

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