How to Be Authentic - But Not Totally Transparent - in the Workplace

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By Hallie Crawford

Here's a wonderful Oscar Wilde quote about the authenticity we often see these days, even in commercials: "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." That relates to both our personal and professional lives.

Feeling like we can be ourselves is fundamental to our job success and fulfillment. Being ourselves in the workplace means we are comfortable with our boss, our workmates and even clients. It means we can tell jokes, share personal stories and reflections and ask for and give advice.