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The Unfinished Leader: Balancing Contradictory Answers to Unsolvable Problems by Cade Cowan, Peter C. Cairo, David L. Dotlich

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The Purpose Mindset

It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about?

—Henry David Thoreau1

In 2012, we took thirty executives from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to Kenya as part of an eighteen-month, multisegment leadership development program. Among the sites we visited were clinics and hospitals in Nairobi to expose people to the health care system. We also visited a mobile telephone company and microfinance banks to give executives a broad view of the business landscape. We then traveled to Kisumu, on the shores of Lake Victoria across from Uganda. There we witnessed the dire health care conditions at clinics and in homes. We visited a father and HIV-AIDS patient—a man who had suffered from malaria four times, ...

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