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Changing how you manage and communicate change by Naomi Karten

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CHAPTER 6: ASSESSING YOUR RESPONSE TO CHANGE

As they say on the airplane, put the oxygen mask on yourself before putting it on the child sitting next to you. Or as one airline put it, ‘before putting it on the child sitting next to you, or the person sitting next to you who is acting like a child.’ (This is an airline that understands that humor in conveying critical information increases the odds that people will actually pay attention. The wisest, most relevant communication is worthless if the people it’s intended for ignore it.)

But this advice is not just oxygen-specific, nor is it limited to emergencies. The idea of taking care of yourself first is important in all aspects of life. This is the notion of self-care: that in order to be ...

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