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June 05, 2011


Dalhousie Student

Thank you for a thought-provoking post. Reason, moderation, and cordiality must always be maintained in a professional context, particularly by those who occupy positions of leadership.

The circumspect attitude that you praise is characterized by diplomacy and good manners. It will be appreciated by others, regardless of their discipline or national (or even provincial) origin.

Conversely, the intrusion of defensive personal emotions leads to discussions that are 'long, drawn-out', 'heated', 'painful', and even 'excruciating'.

It would not be inappropriate to recall Samuel Johnson's observation: "The best of conversations occur when there is no competition, no vanity, but a calm quiet interchange of sentiments."

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