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CHAPTER 5

Boom Years

Focus on What You Can Control

You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this and you will find strength.

MARCUS AURELIUS

In graduate school we had a wonderful teacher named T. P. Hall who taught us principles of leadership as well as the more nuts-and-bolts business of business. One day Professor Hall was talking to us about what it’s like to be the leader of a large group.

“When you’re at the top of an organization,” he said. “You function like a big gear. Move even the slightest bit, and immediately you cause the next, smaller gears in sequence to move more, which in turn makes the even smaller gears move ...

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