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The Power of Positive Confrontation by Susan Magee, Barbara Pachter

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5

The Jerk Test

You’ve decided that Polite and Powerful is for you. You’re going to learn the skills of Polite and Powerful. You’re going to speak up once and for all. No more jerks are going to get the best of you!

But before you do decide to speak up, I ask you to pause and take the jerk test first. This is important. Let’s talk about jerks for a minute.

I think “jerk” is a great word.

It’s strong yet not so strong that it’s offensive. It’s equal opportunity and gender neutral. Men are jerks. Women are jerks. Anyone can be a jerk. But how many people actually are jerks?

Probably not as many as you think. People behave the way they do for a multitude of reasons. Being a jerk is only one of them. Others may include cultural or gender influences, ...

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