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The Leadership Mystique: Leading Behavior in the Human Enterprise, Second Edition by Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries

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Chapter 7. Achieving personal and organizational change

 

A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.

 
 --WINSTON CHURCHILL
 

You have to stop in order to change direction.

 
 --ERICH FROMM
 

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.

 
 --REINHOLD NIEBUHR

An enormous pike was placed in a large aquarium divided into two parts by a glass partition. The pike had his half of the duplex to himself; in the other half were numerous minnows. A carnivore, the pike made many frantic efforts to get at the minnows. Every time it tried, however, it hit the glass. Eventually the pike gave up, realizing that getting at the minnows was impossible. ...

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