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Francis Ford Coppola

Filmmaker, Producer and Screenwriter

I wrote the script of Patton. And the script was very controversial when I wrote it, because they thought it was so stylized. It was supposed to be like, sort of, you know, The Longest Day. And my script of Patton was -- I was sort of interested in the reincarnation. And I had this very bizarre opening where he stands up in front of an American flag and gives this speech. Ultimately, I wasn't fired, but I was fired, meaning that when the script was done, they said, "Okay, thank you very much," and they went and hired another writer and that script was forgotten. And I remember very vividly this long, kind of being raked over the coals for this opening scene. My point is that what I've learned is that the stuff that I got in trouble for, the casting for The Godfather or the flag scene in Patton, was the stuff that was remembered, and was considered really the good work.
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Sheryl Crow

Award-Winning Singer and Songwriter

I made a record before the Tuesday Night Music Club record, and it was interesting, because the person that got me signed was a very powerful producer, and he was the producer on the record. And we just didn't have a vision that really melded. He loved the demos. I felt like I wanted to rock a little bit harder. So it was a bit of a predicament. What I wound up with was something I didn't feel like represented me, and luckily the record label allowed me to not put it out and make a new record.
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Sheryl Crow

Award-Winning Singer and Songwriter

I never thought about it as requiring guts to speak out about what I was feeling at the time. I think there were two things I was really amazed by, one of which was that we were buying into this idea that we were going into Iraq for any other reason but greed and oil. But the other thing that really made an impact on me, as well as dismayed me, was the fact that people weren't speaking out about it. People weren't demanding better. I'm seeing a big shift now, but at the time, it just seemed obvious and necessary.
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Ray Dalio

Hedge Fund Master

Ray Dalio: Everybody has a responsibility -- the right and responsibility -- to make sense of things. In other words, it's got to make sense to you, and if something doesn't make sense to you, you should bring it up. You shouldn't talk behind somebody's back or gossip. Too many people talk about the other people, what they're doing wrong. Except they don't talk to those people about what they're doing wrong. So they don't know whether they're actually doing them wrong or not. They haven't heard the other side and they're not being productive. So that's terrible. Also, the organizations, for me, in which arbitrary decisions are made are terrible. You know, a boss, two bosses, will get together and they'll have a conversation of what a particular person is like and then call the person into the room and then they'll say, "Aw, Harry " And then they'll give them spin. Spin is terrible. It undermines trust. So we have a policy of taping everything and letting everybody watch it and look at it, and then having thoughtful conversations about that. If you're coming into the company, you go there because you believe that understanding what is true and -- not radical transparency -- to understand what's true and have thoughtful conversation "about him," including harsh realities is healthy.
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