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Marshall Goldsmith
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Marshall Goldsmith

Marshall Goldsmith is an executive educator, speaker, coach and best-selling author. His most recent book is Mojo.

Ain't misbehavin'

Q: Israel's deadly attack on Turkish activists now confronts President Obama with a classic challenge for all sorts of leaders: How do you behave when a close friend and ally misbehaves?

I believe that the question should be reframed to ask, "How do you behave when close friends disagree?" Neither Israel or Turkey see themselves as "misbehaving." Both are behaving in a way that they feel is consistent with their own values.

Historically, Turkey has been a positive bridge in the Muslim world between the West and East. I just returned from Istanbul, and the huge majority of people I met had little animosity toward the U.S. They wanted to be our friend as much as we want to be their friend.

I hope that the U.S. can succeed in helping both countries see the value in establishing a common understanding on how they can work together to maintain peace and stability in the Middle East.

By Marshall Goldsmith

 |  June 2, 2010; 4:46 PM ET
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