9. How to Be Courageous

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The world knows how to grow and change. It has been doing so for billions of years. Life knows how to create systems. Life knows how to create greater capacity. Life knows how to discover meaning. The motions that we sought to wrestle from life’s control are available to us to support our desires if we can stop being so afraid.

—Margaret Wheatley and Myron Kellner-Rogers, A Simpler Way

We made being courageous the last of the four human elements for organizations on purpose. Fear is arguably the most important source of dysfunction in organizations today. Fear drives senior executives to share only the bare minimum about ...

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