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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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Navigating Change Over Time

There are no safe paths in this part of the world. Remember you are over the Edge of the Wild now, and in for all sorts of fun wherever you go. Stick to the forest track, keep your spirits up, hope for the best, and with a tremendous slice of luck you may come out some day.

—THE WIZARD GANDALF IN J.R.R. TOLKIEN's THE HOBBIT

When people wait for the other person in a relationship to change, they're usually in for a long wait. Odds are, that person is also waiting for them. Think of the leader who keeps looking to her second-in-command to take more initiative so that she doesn't have to tell him what to do, while ...

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