Since
Mike
was not a
penguin,
he was not
sensitive
to
the
politics
and
the
turf issues
of
the
senior penguins.
With
his
penchant
for
creativity
and
imagining possibilities
outside
the
ordinary,
he
sometimes
offended
some
of the
elders
by
flying
into their territories.
They
were threatened
and
annoyed
at
his
intrusions.
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Like
Edward
the
Eagle
and
Helen
the
Hawk,
Mike
wore
his
penguin suit
and
tried
his
best
to
learn
the
ways
of the
penguins
so
he
would
be
accepted
by
them.
But
ultimately,
he
could
not
change
who he
really was.
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The
story
was
similar
with Sara
the
Swan.
She
was an
optimistic dreamer,
with unusual visions
for
the
future
of
the
Land
of
Penguins.
She
had
interesting ideas,
unique ideas,
good
ideas
but
her
ideas
often
were
not
heard
because
she
expressed them
in
such
a
gentle way.
Her
style
was
graceful,
her
manner gracious,
but the
penguins
had
doubts about
her
toughness
and
her
strength.
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were others
as
well.
. .
The
thing they
all had in
common
was
that none
of
them
had
grown
up
in the
Land
of
Penguins.
They
had
been
recruited
and
hired
from
other places.
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There
The
penguin elders
had
enticed these outsiders
with promises
of
success:
"We
want your
fresh
thinking
and
new
ideas.
We
admire your track record
and
want
you to do
great things
for
us."
But
as
soon
as the new
birds
were inside
the
organization,
the
elders issued them
penguin suits
and
began pressuring them
to
talk,
act,
and
think
more like penguins.
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