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Common Sense: Get It, Use It, and Teach It in the Workplace by Ken Tanner

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Perception Is Reality

Everyone wants to increase their common sense, right? Of course! But maybe more important than increasing your actual common sense is to increase the perception of your having it.

To illustrate the importance perception is to having an image of good common sense, let’s look at two examples from our history book. Two men—both with well-above-average IQs—made public mistakes, yet one was glossed over and the other almost vilified by it.

The first man was President John F. Kennedy. While standing in front of the Berlin Wall in 1963, the president wanted to inspire the crowd of one million West Germans in his speech. He wanted ...

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