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Katy Rand, Partner, Pierce Atwood LLP

What are your top strategies for success?

“Virtually every indicator of success—as I define it—flows from authenticity, by which I mean self-awareness as well as self-acceptance. We cannot eliminate personal qualities that might undermine our success, but if we know what they are, we can at least account for them. Accounting for vulnerabilities diminishes their negative impact on our performance, and owning them allows us to rebound more quickly from setbacks and failures. Authentic people are (appropriately) transparent; transparency breeds trust; trust is the foundation for every strong and genuine relationship; and, in my world at least, genuine relationships are the touchstone of success.”