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

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3.THE WEIGHT OF EXPECTATIONS

Research carried out by Yiannis Gabriel, Professor of Organizational Theory at the University of Bath, shows that the expectations laid on people in charge to be all-knowing and all-powerful are shaped by our own childhood experiences. Parenting is the first all-knowing, all-powerful role that we experience in our lives and our parents, or those who raise us, start by being the centre of the universe for us. We are born completely powerless and dependent on them to provide us with food, shelter and love. If we are lucky, they are there when we take our first steps, picking us up when we stumble, orienting us to the world around us, shedding light on puzzling ideas or situations, and comforting us in times of trouble. ...

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