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The Ultimate Competitive Advantage: Why Your People Make All the Difference and the 6 Practices You Need to Engage Them by Sean Covey, Sue Dathe-Douglass, Shawn D. Moon

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CHAPTER 5

PRACTICE 3: UNLEASH PRODUCTIVITY

“If you want to build a ship don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”

—ANTOINE DE ST. EXUPÉRY

THE GREAT ARCHIMEDES (287–212 B.C.), one of the world’s finest mathematicians, was a man before his time. Not only did he pioneer the techniques of what became integral calculus and figure the approximate value of π (pi), but he is also said to be the father of the machine age by discovering and putting to use the properties of levers and pulleys.

In a letter to his friend, King Hieron II of Syracuse, Archimedes said, “Give me a place to stand and I will move the world.” The king took him up on this claim ...

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