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Leadership and the New Science, 3rd Edition by Margaret J. Wheatley

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Prologue: Maps to the Real World

I have always thought of this book as a collection of intriguing maps, much like those used by the early explorers when they voyaged in search of new lands. Their early maps and commentaries were descriptive but vague, enticing but not fully revealing. They pointed in certain directions, illuminated landmarks, warned of dangers, yet their elusive references and blank spaces served to encourage others to explore and discover. They contained colorful embellishments of places that had struck the discoverer’s imagination, yet ignored other important places or contained significant errors. Many early maps contain warnings: “Here there be dragons,” or “Regions very imperfectly known.” But these maps contained enough ...

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