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The Elephant in the Room: How Relationships Make or Break the Success of Leaders and Organizations by Diana McLain Smith

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It's a Matter of Perspective

There's only three things for sure: Taxes, death, and trouble.

—MARVIN GAYE

So prevalent are relationship troubles that most of us merely accept them as the way things are. A Time magazine article in 2002 went so far as to say, “Until recently, being driven mad by others and driving others mad was known as life.”1 The article, titled “I'm OK. You're OK. We're not OK,” questioned whether it was wise to include “relational disorders” in the newest edition of a diagnostic manual. What would happen, the columnist asked, to notions of personal responsibility? How could anyone ever be held accountable for anything? ...

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