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Bouncing back: an undeniable skill

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If you think leaders never make mistakes, consider these stories:
  • On Aug. 31, 2004, Cleveland beat the New York Yankees, 22-0: the worst loss in Yankees history. But the Bronx Bombers dusted themselves off and beat Cleveland on the next two consecutive days, 5-3 and 9-1, sending a clear message of their undiminished dominance.
  • At the 1988 Democratic convention, Bill Clinton delivered a rambling 90-minute speech that is still regarded as one of the worst ever delivered at a political convention. Yet, he bounced back and won his party’s nomination only four years later.
  • Two seasons ago, aging tenor Luciano Pavarotti infuriated his fans by failing to fulfill his farewell performance of Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera. Everyone said that was the last they would see of him on a major stage, but Pavarotti came back and sang the same taxing role again at the Met last year. Despite approaching age 70, Pavarotti was not about to fade away without a battle.
Leaders make mistakes, often big ones. But their conviction and drive propel them back into the fray without dwelling on defeat.

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