7Contribute: Get Beyond Yourself!

“No man is so poor as to have nothing worth giving: As well might the mountain streamlets say they have nothing to give the sea because they are not rivers. Give what you have.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Your Last Day of Work

Imagine that it’s your last day of work. You’ve been on the job for 40 years. You’ve gathered your things and said your goodbyes. You stand up from your desk for the last time and head for the door. And then it dawns on you that you have to stop by the human resources department for a short exit interview—that perfunctory ritual that organizations perform, that last opportunity to glean valuable feedback from the departing employee.

When you walk into the department, the assistant motions ...

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