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20/20: 20 Great Lists by 20 Outstanding Business Thinkers by Diana Renner, Steven D’Souza

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1.KNOWLEDGE IS POWERFUL

A child takes her first faltering steps and her parents grin with delight and gather her up in their arms for cuddles. She says her first words, performs a new song, or makes the final of the school spelling bee – and she gains praise and respect. From the very beginning, we are valued, appreciated and rewarded for accumulating knowledge and mastery.

Sir Francis Bacon’s iconic phrase “knowledge is power” is so obvious that it doesn’t bear mentioning. We know from school, work and life that expertise – being seen to know – determines our status and provides us with influence, power and reputation. The mere appearance of knowledge confers dignity and demands our attention.

In the past few decades, developed and developing ...

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