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LaSD, Chapter 1

Part 1. Self-Deception and the “Box”

Chapter 1. Bud

Page 3

Second paragraph.

“… about to be introduced to a senior management ritual peculiar to Zagrum …”

TD> Just imagining the fear plus exhilaration of being called to a meeting with a top leader, hearing that it will be great, but not having much detail. How do you prepare for such a meeting? But fits my image of The Millionaire Next Door (which I’ve never read, but think I’d like). I can almost see this campus in my mind – very much like Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond. Beautiful inside and out (at least it was in the early 1990s).

Third paragraph.

“They mentioned a discovery that solves ‘people problems;’ how no one really focuses on results; …”

“… the ‘Bud’ Meeting …”

TD> Not any meeting with Bud, but this particular meeting, which apparently a lot of people have had.

“… I was eager to meet, and impress, my new boss.”

TD> Anything wrong with that motivation?

Page 5

Sixth paragraph. “You have a problem — a problem you’re going to have to solve if you’re going to make it at Zagrum.”

TD> Sort of threatening. But somehow, also, within the framework of this meeting, not as threatening as the words sound.

Last sentence, “… straining the muscles in my face and eyes to relax so that no sudden twitch would betray my alarm.”

TD> “betray” is an interesting word here.

Page 6

End of page

“Do you really want to know?” asked Bud.

“I’m not sure. I guess I need to, from the sound of it.”

“Yes,” Bud agreed, “you do.”

TD> Once again, threatening sounding, yet not

TD> Tom’s overall response, trying to mask the fear. He trained for his responses! I’m reminded of one of my mentors, one of the most godly men I’ve ever known, who in a moment of deep discussion confided in me, “Tony, I usually feel like an imposter.” I was astonished at that! And also identified with it immediately.

Things I want to remember from this chapter:

  • The need to be prepared and the value of being knocked off your feet!
  • Some people will speak wisdom into your life. Listen and remember

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