Back in the day, when upward mobility meant moving to a largercave closer to fresh water, it is possible men shook hands toindicate they weren't about to wrap them around each other's necks.Jump ahead about 500,000 years, and it is posited medieval knightswould present and grip each others' hands to show they were notabout to disrupt their tenuous amity with a concealed weapon.

Jump ahead even further to the present day, and it seems anunsettling number of executives have lost the simple but profoundgift of offering their hand in a meaningful way to eachother. How is it possible such a useful, durable conventionhas lost its standing?

While in some parts of the world a handshake holds littlecurrency, or can even be construed as rude, in our corner of theplanet a firm handshake has value. It suggests confidence,integrity and interest. It offers friendship, support and stabilityto a fellow human being with whom we would like to initiate orcontinue a mutually beneficial relationship.

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