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How to Choose a Niche audio and transcript – Relationship Coaching Institute

How to Choose a Niche audio and transcript – Relationship Coaching Institute | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
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To niche or not to niche that is the question...:-)))

 

Well, it's not about business, it's about relationship coaching... but it says things about whether to chose a niche or not in your practice and I think that it's a hot issue as well in the world of business coaching...

 

How much broadness to pay for more deepness... it's an interesting dilemma... perhaps business coaches also can profit one or two ideas from the relationship coaches...:-))) 

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Myths About Setting Goals That Might Be Holding You Back In Life

Myths About Setting Goals That Might Be Holding You Back In Life | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
3 Myths About Setting Goals That Might Be Holding You Back In Life “If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you.
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Techniques will not help so much as it is said/written here and there...Writing your goal down, creating a deadline for it and repeatedly review of it will not help much... these help to clarify things for you but that's all... they in themselves will not furthre anything, it's you the actor of your life, not the techniques used...

 

What helps rather to achieve it, then, it is your real desire towards your real, well - for your context well - chosen future perfect...:-)))

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7 Ways Leaders Maintain Their Composure in Difficult Times

7 Ways Leaders Maintain Their Composure in Difficult Times | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Leaders need to show more composure than ever before in the workplace.
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I like this one: "Remain fearless"... just so... well, it's true though there are other more content-like things needed as well... but it's just undeniable that to see somebody trembling from the tomorrow is not very trust-building and encouraging...

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Why leadership-development programs fail

Why leadership-development programs fail | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Sidestepping four common mistakes can help companies develop stronger and more capable leaders, save time and money, and boost morale. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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Well, good points, a little bit over and beyong the usual staff...

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, January 26, 2014 4:34 PM

Great quote for the authers of this article and I concur: "

Companies can avoid the most common mistakes in leadership development and increase the odds of success by matching specific leadership skills and traits to the context at hand; embedding leadership development in real work; fearlessly investigating the mind-sets that underpin behavior; and monitoring the impact so as to make improvements over time."

  
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Feeling blue today? Formula suggests you’re not the only one | Grand Forks Herald | Grand Forks, North Dakota

Feeling blue today? Formula suggests you’re not the only one | Grand Forks Herald | Grand Forks, North Dakota | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
If you think this is absolutely the worst day you’ll have this year, you could be right. Today is, by the reckoning of modern-day pseudoscience, The Most Depressing Day of The Year.
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When the math and Twitter help to calculate or spot the worst ever day of the year...:-))) is it today? or was it on the 6th January? Depends, most probably...:-)))

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The Unbearable Roundness of Being

The Unbearable Roundness of Being | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Did you know you live on the outside skin of a huge ball of rock and metal? Well, probably.
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We all sometimes  look at the same but not necessarily see the same...:-))) Because we all are on the surface of a big big ball...:-))) The Orion looked at from Iran and Tasmania... 

 

Any thought related to coaching? ...:-)))

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Why We Love Narcissists

Why We Love Narcissists | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
How we get bamboozled by charisma.
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1)Narcissists are masterful impression managers (…excel at managing initial impressions), (2) Narcissists manipulate credit and blame in their favor (Through a mix of shameless self-promotion and a guilt-free, Machiavellian agenda, narcissists are quick to take credit for others’ achievements and blame colleagues and subordinates for their own failures.) (3) Narcissists fit conventional stereotypes of leadership: the idea that leaders must be overconfident, charismatic, or selfish in order to be effective is in stark contrast with reality. Yes, these characteristics help them emerge as leaders, but they are also the cause of their dishonest and incompetent behaviors once they get to the top. effective leadership requires building high-performing teams and, when it comes that, the critical ingredients for success are competence rather than confidence, altruism rather than egotism, and integrity rather than charisma. In other words, the real essence of good leadership is the exact opposite of what the Hollywood version of leadership implies.

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Tales of Bad Bosses and why they don't need to be

Tales of Bad Bosses and why they don't need to be | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Some bosses seem to completely lack empathy. Not only does this make life pretty miserable for their employees, empathy turns out to be very important to leadership success as well. The good news, we can increase empathy.

 

So why is it that some bosses are great and others are so bad? One big reason is an empathy deficit that seems to get worse the higher up you go in an organization. In Robb Smith’s TED talk he notes how CEOs have the lowest emotional intelligence in the entire workforce. Empathy, what Dianne Stober calls, “one of the most basic capacities required for understanding one another,” is often lacking in leaders. Oh yeah, and it matters to business success! Forbes notes that “the reality is that for business leaders to experience success, they need to not just see or hear the activity around them, but also relate to the people they serve.” We already know how important engagement is, and you can imagine how much engagement falls off around a lack of empathy.  Just think of the shift in engagement when being told to Skype in to a funeral!

 

With empathy so important, how does one develop this quality that seems elusive to so many leaders? In Ginny Whitelaw’s latest book, The Zen Leader, she describes how to boast empathy in her chapter on the flip From Controlling to Connecting. She describes how the energy patterns of FEBI can be a power tool to help summon real empathy that fully allows you to ‘become the other person.’

 

by Anthony Attan


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Miklos Szilagyi's insight:

Well, let's look at it from another angle... there is a line of thougth (de Shazer, solution-focus) saying that everybody is always using the best coping  pattern he could... if the majority of the senior leaders show - in the workplace (!!!) - not or not enugh empathy, perhaps it's not accidental... perhaps the empathy was not needed from the college (perhaps earlier...) on, perhaps to the things/positions to achieve (what was the - said or not said - hoped target of the parents) the empathy was an obstacle, a weakening factor... why we do like we do not know that? 

 

There is a grand canyon between all these, very  benevolent trials, to write books for them (what they don't read or don't understand in the same way it was intended...) and  the harsh reality of the more and more competitive , very distressful  working environment... communication of the deaf...

 

Not to bomb them with the maximum requirement what is good for a coach, trainer but might be harmful (because  of the deviating, weakening effect) for the boss... help him to find his/her sweet point between being a "normal" boss and being inspirative  and  somebody worth to work with, to follow...

 

By the way it's also not true that the staff really like the too accomodating, very loveable boss who by the way is not enough decisive and assertive... 

 

I'd say: help them to find their (emphaty vs control)  sweet spot, the right balance and  forget this 100% empathy bullshit for the bosses if you want to be taken seriously by them...:-)))

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Ethics, Moral and deontology

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In coaching ethics is a hot issue... partly therefore I am interested in a forum-discussion of  LinkedIn group (360 degree Hospitality) where we are  commenting about how to split/compare honesty and ethics… Interesting discussion... Voilà, a spin-off paper on the base of it...


The other day I have found a paper about how to split further the “ethics”… it’s in French if anybody is interested (see above) but, anyhow,  I just give here the essence what this paper says about this split:


The ethics (l’éthique) it’s the the principles together what is the base of the behavior of each.

 

The moral (la morale) is the rules together of the behaviours which are deemed to be socially good (useful?)

 

The ethics is a “metamoral”, it questions the judgements of the moral which are represented in it.

 

The deontology (la déontologie) is the rules together of the good behaviours in a profession and it rules the operation of it.  (the deontology could be produced by the government, e.g. the deontology medical or by the profession itself, e. g. the deontology of coaching)

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The more free, the more creative... - Je freier, desto kreativer der Mitarbeiter

The more free, the more creative... - Je freier, desto kreativer der Mitarbeiter | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
"Kreativ" und "innovativ" wünschen sich Unternehmen ihre Mitarbeiter. Eine psychologische Studie zeigt, dass sie dafür vor allem eines brauchen: Selbstbestimmung statt Drangsal.
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I found on Scoop.it a short but essential German post about empowerment. It’s based on a research of more than 200 strong staff about the relationship of empowerment and innovation. The research has been repeated once. The linked post is in German and only a short review of the research  paper but it contains the basics of empowerment.

 

I would add that beside the partnership it’s very important to involve the staff and check (before the full empowering) whether the degree of engagement and alignment is high enough. If not, you should work on these before. To make a rush empowerment project without a good level of engagement and alignment, well, good luck to it…:-)))

 

The translation of the basic message drawn at the end of the post:

 

“The leaders must learn how one handles the staff with respect, gives good quality feedback and fulfills their (acceptable) working and development needs. They must know that the self-determination what the staff is living is not incidental but central. It’s not enough when the leaders are collegial. That is the least what they should do. The goal of the company which needs innovative staff should be to leave them more responsibility by which they can alone make decisions and handle them as partner in the company.”  

 

(„…sollten Vorgesetzte lernen, wie man Mitarbeiter respektvoll behandelt, ihnen gutes Feedback gibt, ihre Bedürfnisse und ihr Entwicklungspotenzial ausmacht“. Sie sollten wissen, dass die Selbstbestimmung, die Mitarbeiter erleben, nicht nebensächlich, sondern zentral ist. Es reicht also nicht, wenn Chefs kollegial sind. Das ist die Mindestvoraussetzung. Ziel von Unternehmen, die innovative Mitarbeiter brauchen, sollte es sein, diesen mehr Verantwortung zu überlassen, damit sie selbstständig entscheiden können und wie Partner im eigenen Unternehmen behandelt werden.”)

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Leadership Is About Emotion

Leadership Is About Emotion | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Make a list of the 5 leaders you most admire. They can be from business, social media, politics, technology, the sciences, any field. Now ask yourself why you admire them.

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Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=EQ

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=LeaderShip

 

Jennifer Clark's curator insight, February 3, 2014 10:45 PM

My grandfather had nothing and worked into his 80's.  He lead my family. Jane Goodall is a leader in saving the wild life.  I am very involved in that.  Henri Matisse was a leader in simplicity in Art; it doesn't have to be detailed to get the point across. I think President Bill Clinton was the best leader the US has seen as he helped college students and eliminated our deficit.  CHef Gordon Ramsey is an amazing leader although he runs with an iron fist, he commands respect and excellence in his kitchen.

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Leading by Letting Go

Leading by Letting Go | Business Coaching | Scoop.it

If you are running a large company anywhere in the world, you have almost certainly asked yourself some version of this question:

 

“How can we get tens of thousands of employees to deliver memorable customer experiences that enhance our brand, all at a reasonable cost?”

 

Find out how Jim Bush from American Express approached this challenge. 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
Miklos Szilagyi's insight:

Do you have too many people to check them closely? Either you prescribe every detail and control everything (i.e. you use them as a sort of robots...) or you find a way to encompass their creativity, their own initiation, you tell them what, when, which quality (and find way of course to control their output of course) but you do not bind their imagination and actions down to the hows... example: customer care of American Express....:

(a) clear goal,

(b) guardrails (but not minute details about the hows),

(c) high velocity feedbacks (from the customers for knowing the quality of the output),

(d) coaching and support (you do everything that they are trained and kept well because you know that the satisfied people make others more easily satisfied... you are smart...:-)))

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 26, 2013 2:55 PM

Give students and employees a chance to express themselves.

Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, December 30, 2013 12:58 AM

Releasing a bit of the pressure brought by the "management by KPI" style seems to work... At least for America Express: "Within just three years, the company saw a consistent 10% annual improvement in what Bush calls “service margins.”

Steve Miletto's curator insight, January 3, 2014 9:47 AM

This excerpt sums up the article..."to trust your employees to exercise their own judgment and learn from their experience — employees can become both self-directing and self-correcting. They become inspired, energetic, and enthusiastic." Excellent article! No matter the size of your organization...Do you trust your staff? Can you let go?

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Building a High-Trust Culture, #1: It Starts with Integrity

Building a High-Trust Culture, #1: It Starts with Integrity | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Over forty years in business, I've been involved with more than 100 companies, done thousands of deals, and worked alongside countless leaders and team members in multiple industries. In that time, I
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Condition sine qua non... Basic but it's always good to repeat...:-)))

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Antifragile - Things That Gain from Disorder

Antifragile - Things That Gain from Disorder | Business Coaching | Scoop.it

Nassim Nicholas Taleb is the king...:-)))

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"How do you innovate? First, try to get in trouble. I mean serious, but not terminal, trouble. I hold—it is beyond speculation, rather a conviction—that innovation and sophistication spark from initial situations of necessity, in ways that go far beyond the satisfaction of such necessity..." - Well, LOL and admiration...:-)))

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A Conference Call in Real Life - LOL...:-)))

A Conference Call in Real Life - LOL...:-))) | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
TastefullyOffensive.com delivers a daily roundup of the funniest videos and pictures on the Internet.
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Actually, it's outrageously LOL...:-))))

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5 Signs that Employees are in Survival Mode

5 Signs that Employees are in Survival Mode | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Today’s workplace is a reflection of the times: uncertain and unstable. As employees navigate this short-term, fast-paced, tension-filled terrain, they develop an attitude that creates an uneasy environment: survival mode.
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It's good also for self-reflection, whether I am touched by it or not... also, interesting overlapping might be with the signs of the burnout-danger... do you think so either?

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In the office... "Listen to Lucy"

In the office... "Listen to Lucy" | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Listen to podcasts and download audio from top financial columnists from the Financial Times. Lucy Kellaway, the FT's management columnist, pokes fun at management fads and jargon, and celebrates the ups and downs of office life.
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Do you like the life in the office? Or do you simply hate it? Thank about it and hear what she has to say to that....:-)))

 

She is always counterintuitive, she is straight great...:-)))  Lucy Kellaway is my favorite top HR columnist in Financial Times. She is sooo genuine and originale, just read her things, you will understand... here it is in podcast about the office life now and in the '60s... she thinks that it's... well, dramatically better now...:-)))

 

She has written 3 books:

http://www.amazon.com/Lucy-Kellaway/e/B001K8X4O0

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10 Ways to Jumpstart Your Day - by Dumb Little Man

10 Ways to Jumpstart Your Day - by Dumb Little Man | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
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Yeah, some good old ideas to energize yourself in the morning...:-)))

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Free Appreciative Inquiry resources on the web

Free Appreciative Inquiry resources on the web | Business Coaching | Scoop.it

RT @PracticalEQ: Free Appreciative Inquiry resources on the web http://t.co/jG1dQMN4Ge


Via David Hain
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Great... Well, I just wish you lots of time in order that you be able to make use of it...:-)))

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These resources give so that everyone gains!
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Real organization chart...

Real organization chart... | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
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Of course...:-))) is there anybody out there doubting this?! Great graphics?!

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Employee engagement: The key to improving performance


Via Soizic Merdrignac aka @SoizicAbidjan
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Sure... it's a key...  factors which still "plays the game" with it together: engagement, alignment, commitment, empowerment... interesting how thes are structured in a sort of hierarchy, which depends on which... this paper says that engagement is on the higher level than empowerment and alignment... it says that 

 

"a manager must do five things to create a highly engaged workforce. They are:

x Align efforts with strategy
x Empower
x Promote and encourage teamwork and collaboration x Help people grow and develop
x Provide support and recognition where appropriate"


OK, let's take this like one of the (practically endless) propositions... not too bad...:-))) 

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Zappos is going holacratic: no job titles, no managers, no hierarchy

Zappos is going holacratic: no job titles, no managers, no hierarchy | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Zappos is known for its zany corporate culture. The company’s Q4 “All Hands” meeting in November was aptly-themed “Gone Wild”: one female employee voluntarily climbed into a case filled with tarantulas to win a $250 gift card.
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Voilà, the biggest company so far on the highest level of empowerent, the "holacracy"... Interesting...:-)))

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Should Leaders Focus on Results, or on People?

Should Leaders Focus on Results, or on People? | Business Coaching | Scoop.it


A lot of ink has been spilled on people’s opinions of what makes for a great leader. As a scientist, I like to turn to the data.  In 2009, James Zenger published a fascinating survey of 60,000 employees to identify how different characteristics of a leader combine to affect employee perceptions of whether the boss is a “great” leader or not. Two of the characteristics that Zenger examined were results focus and social skills. Results focus combines strong analytical skills with an intense motivation to move forward and solve problems.  But if a leader was seen as being very strong on results focus, the chance of that leader being seen as a great leader was only 14%. Social skills combine attributes like communication and empathy. If a leader was strong on social skills, he or she was seen as a great leader even less of the time — a paltry 12%. However, for leaders who were strong in both results focus and in social skills, the likelihood of being seen as a great leader skyrocketed to 72%.....


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Researched over a relatively broad set of data, it emphasizes what we rather  know... but good to hear...:-))) And helps a little bit more why we are operating in the way, we opearating...

 

Surprize, surprize, the answer to the title-question a  bit simplifed: on both... the problem is that you can not use them simultaneously, neuroscientists (he is one of them) say that they exclusively "push out" each other when activated... sort of a seesaw pattern how we use them...  this blog says - surprize, surprize - that the social skill is to (...and can) be developed...

 

What is the result?  e.g.: pay more attention to socal skills at hiring and promotions... really... great... we are just writing tons of things and we are just there...  but heads up, will we see the dawn...:-)))

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Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, December 30, 2013 1:11 PM

Very interesting analysis of leaders' skills and leverage. One of the most interesting figures: Less than 1% of leaders are rated high on both goal focus and social skills...

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Coaching and the New 4Ps of Marketing

Coaching and the New 4Ps of Marketing | Business Coaching | Scoop.it

The 4Ps is a concept originally coined in the 1960s by E.J. McCarthy. In short, if you have the right Product, in the right Place, at the right Price, supported by the right Promotion, you will likely have the right marketing mix in place to be successful. It’s an idea that is still taught in many marketing classes and continues to have traction in certain marketing circles. However, in the Age of Now this model seems out of touch with the expectations of empowered consumers. In turn, we are seeing the traditional 4Ps give way to a new set: Purpose, Passion, Participation, and Profit...


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Very interesting (and highly relevant to the helping professions such as coaching...) move from the original 4Ps of marketing (the right Product, in the right Place, at the right Price, supported by the right Promotion) to the new 4Ps:

Purpose (what your business stands for),

Passion (all about leveraging the power of your people to build your brand, see Empowerment...), 

Participation (companies are looking for partners with the same values whom they can work with to make a difference and further their reach)

Profit (self-explanatory...)

 

Now, this is not a gobbledygook, these are real elements and here also appears the unavoidable need for a passionate, involved, engaged, aligned and empowered staff... do you understand the importance of this? It is a free advertisement for the helping professions, guys...

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Isidore Postmes's curator insight, December 28, 2013 5:10 AM

Een ander inzicht in het concept van de 4p's !

Anthony M Turner's curator insight, January 2, 2014 5:12 PM

this makes a lot of sense....

Ashley Pero's curator insight, January 31, 2014 10:45 AM

Great insights on marketing that might make the whole concept seem less foreign to nonprofits.

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The Best Gift Leaders Can Give: Honest Feedback

The Best Gift Leaders Can Give: Honest Feedback | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
How many of you would like your manager to tell you what you want you want to hear rather than what you need to hear? Everyone wants to know the truth, no matter how difficult it is to hear.
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Statistics about the useful effect on employees' engegement of honest feedback... honest, honest, Jesus, but in a helpful way, please...

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