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 Use Your Shield. (c)1999 roger von Oech.New ideas can be threatening, and they often provoke a negative reaction. When the composer Stravinsky first presented his Rite of Spring ballet with its unusual harmonies and primitive rhythms, he was met with a rioting audience. When Kepler correctly solved the orbital probem of the planets by using ellipses rather than circles, he was denounced. Be prepared for such a reaction and don't let it prevent you from acting. As German statesman Konrad Adenauer put it, "A thick skin is a gift from God." How strong is your shield? What negative reaction do you expect? How can you protect yourself from it?

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