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Running the Gauntlet by Jim Eber, Jeffrey W. Hayzlett

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Chapter 11Accept and encourage mistakes! Mistakes help you assess your team and determine if you need to recruit people or skilled technicians.

Xerox was formed when Kodak rejected its idea for a new kind of copier. Apple was founded when Xerox rejected Steve Jobs’s idea for a new personal computer. John Travolta could have been Forrest Gump; Tom Selleck passed on being Indiana Jones; Gwenyth Paltrow told James Cameron that Titanic was not her “cup of tea.” People love tidbits like these and imagining “what if.” But do these companies and actors do that? Do they call their decisions mistakes? Do you? Whatever you or they call them, the point is these companies and actors did not let these decisions define what and who they are. They know you ...

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