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Several years ago, a business associate shared an interesting concept with me. He served as a Marine during the Korean War, and one of his responsibilities was participating in operations where his unit was to take over a beach from the enemy. He was taught that sometimes after landing, it was necessary to “take one step backwards in order to take two steps forward.” It was a tactical move that allowed more favorable strategic positioning.

I recalled my friend’s lesson as I was preparing to write this column.

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