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The Trouble with Using Labels to Define Instead of Describe | Lance Salyers | TEDxDayton

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Published on Feb 16, 2017

We often talk about how we label others, but how we label ourselves is even more important. When our own labels become synonyms that define us, rather than simply adjectives that describe us, there are both internal and external consequences: a fragile sense of self lacking resilience, and a handicapped ability to interface with others who don’t share our labels. As Lance illustrates, this impacts more than just diversity concerns, but the very mechanism of creativity and innovation

Lance Salyers currently serves as a corporate executive with LexisNexis after a successful first career as a criminal prosecutor. In addition to his day job, Lance puts his passion and creativity to work writing about the fundamentals of great leadership on his blog, Leading With IDEAS: Integrity | Discipline | Excellence | Accountability | Simplicity. With 21 years of marriage behind them, Lance and his wife, Amber, have an 11-year-old daughter who hopes someday to be a horseback-riding artist, and an eight-year-old son who aspires to be a car-designing ninja warrior.


This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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