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

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4.LET GO

“By holding on, we destroy what we hope to preserve; by letting go,we feel secure in accepting what is.”

Leadership author Margaret Wheatley

A photograph by artist Yves Klein, Leap Into the Void, is an iconic image of taking a leap into what seems like certain injury, into a street several feet below. Yet Klein’s figure has a smile on his face. The artist was a trained martial artist and knew how to fall without incurring injury. The image of jumping into a liminal space is evocative. It is a powerful metaphor for leaving the security of the “ground,” and for a time experiencing “ground-lessness.” Being in a space in which there is no certainty can also be a place of possibility, where different choices can be made. It can be a place ...

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