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The Twelve Absolutes of Leadership by Gary Burnison

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CHAPTER 8

ANTICIPATE

It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.

—Eleanor Roosevelt

Imagine yourself as a child on a typical long, hot, partly cloudy summer day. You are in the prairie land of Kansas. Between you and the endless horizon are golden, shiny fields of wheat that reaches your shoulders. The day is a scorcher. In the distance are towering, puffy cloud columns that, over time, blanket the afternoon sun. You suddenly feel a cool breeze in the air, followed by a blackening of the sky. The cool breeze finally gives way to an eerie, still calmness. The animals in the grassy field nearby mysteriously start to scamper away for shelter. What do you do? Well, there’s one thing for sure: you don’t stand under a tree. You know what is ...

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