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  • Address the Elephant in the Room

    Call him Voldemort, Harry. Always use the proper name for things. Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself. Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Are you afraid to address failures? Conflicts in your team? Rumors?

  • Look Past the Rsum

    On paper, Professor Lockhart looked great: Order of Merlin, Third Class

    Honorary Member of the Dark Force Defence League

    Author of Many Books on Encounters with Dark Creatures

    Are you asking the right questions to get beyond the veneer to the true talents?

  • Communication is Critical

    I must ask you, Harry, whether there is anything youd like to tell me. Anything at all...

    No, said Harry. There isnt anything, Professor. Dumbledore and Potter, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Are there any nagging questions that you havent asked? Any gut feelings unexplored? Are you afraid to ask for help?

  • Avoid Black Boxes

    Never trust anything that can think for itself if you cant see where it keeps its brain.

    Arthur Weasley, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Am I blindly accepting answers without understanding the calculations?

  • Treat Everyone with Respect

    If you want to know what a man is like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.

    Sirius Black, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    Do I value the opinions of others regardless of their job title or the institution on their diploma? Do backgrounds or mannerisms make me uncomfortable?

  • Avoid the Normalcy Bias See here, Dumbledore, said Fudge, you cant seriously

    believe that You-Know-Who (is) back? Come now...

    If your determination to shut your eyes will carry you as far as this, Cornelius, we have reached a parting of the ways. You must act as you see fit and I shall act as I see fit... Cornelius Fudge/Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    Are you open-minded enough to think outside the box, be it positive or negative?

  • Admit When You are Wrong

    Harry has plenty of reasons to hate Severus Snape, but in the end, he gains new information that leads him to name his second child Albus Severus Potter.

    Are you willing to reverse course in a public way when you have misjudged or wronged someone?

  • Priorities You know, the Stone was really not such a wonderful thing.

    As much money and life as you could want! The two things most human beings would choose above all the trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them. Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone

    Are you able to give up what others think is most important to pursue what truly makes life worthwhile?

  • Sacrifice

    Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. Jesus, John 15:13

    True love is verified by sacrifice the unconditional giving of oneself for another.

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