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A brand new business year that is starting like never before

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In my first year at work, an older colleague who was teaching me the ropes blurted to me out of the blue one day, "You look at me accusingly, as if I'm talking nothing but jibberish to you."

That wasn't true at all. I was listening attentively. But I was also having difficulty understanding what was being said, and perhaps my eyes betrayed my sense of confusion and uncertainty.

In retrospect, I think I was seen then as a clumsy and slow rookie. And someone once told me, somewhat consolingly, "Actually, it's not a bad thing that you don't jump to hasty conclusions." I remember feeling vastly relieved to hear........

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