Yes, You Have a Professional Superpower

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I used to work with someone who remembered absolutely everything. She never failed to follow up on each wisp of an idea mentioned in a meeting; she could recall work-related issues that had come up years earlier and how they had been resolved; she remembered every colleague’s name and birthday and partners’ names and partners’ birthdays. Not only did her industrial-strength memory make her a wonderful and reliable…