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Authenticity Should Not Be a Differentiator

Kent Nolen

“I build authentic connections with my team.”

That answer – a response to a question I ask my clients about what they feel sets them apart – struck a nerve. Why? Because it dawned on me that authenticity is increasingly used as a differentiator.

Like seeing “real food” emblazoned on a block of cheese, there is something incredibly sad about the need to qualify one’s actions as authentic.

Let’s all strive to make “authentic” the default. Let’s work toward a place where our actions – both professional and personal – are simply assumed to be authentic. When that time comes, we can all find plenty of other ways to differentiate ourselves.