CHAPTER 10The Fourth Function of Leadership

Comforting Spirit When Things Fall Apart

All good things come to an end. This is true of boxes of candy as well as outstanding human systems. To restate the Fourth Immutable Principle, “When it is over, it is over.”

The second law of thermodynamics tells us that all systems tend toward entropy, which is a concise way of letting us know that eventually the energy that drives a system becomes so regularized and evenly distributed across the system that it is no longer clearly in evidence. Strange as it may seem, the first law of thermodynamics, which asserts that energy is neither created nor destroyed, is not contravened; for all appearances to the contrary, the energy is still there—it is just ...

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