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It’s OK to be nice

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Marjorie Kaplan repositioned the TV show “Animal Planet” with hits like “River Monsters” that helped make it a top cable channel with men.

Yet, even she has had some surprising moments as a leader.

“I’ve had people say to me, ‘I wonder if you’re too nice.’ Some of that is because I’m a woman. What I have said in re­­sponse is: ‘I am nice. And I want to be nice. There’s not such a thing as ‘too nice.’ But my expectations are high, and people do rise to my expectations. That’s how I manage. I don’t manage based on fear. I manage based on expectations. … Niceness and kindness are not the opposite of ambition and drive. It is powerful to choose to be nice.”

— Adapted from “Corner Office: Women and Leadership,” Adam Bryant, The New York Times.

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