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Many Facets of Leadership, The by Albert A. Vicere, Marshall Goldsmith, Beverly Kaye, Vijay Govindarajan

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Chapter 5. The Role of Chaos in the Creation of Change

John J. Scherer

It has been said, "Success has many parents, but failure is an orphan." When it comes to successful change, however, it seems to me that the same two partners get things going every time, namely pain and possibility. It is my belief that no significant change can take place in individuals, groups, or larger organizations, regardless of the pain and possibility present, without a passage through chaos, the world's birthing center, where fundamental change and innovation come into being.

When I say chaos, I am referring to that space where none of the old rules work and where there is a partial or complete breakdown of the basic concepts and principles that define things. Tom ...

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