CHAPTER 5

THE POWER OF WE

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My style is to surround myself with really smart peopleand then listen to them.

—John Noseworthy, MD, CEO, Mayo Clinic

All of our lives, we are taught to be individual players. In elementary and middle school, high school, and college, we sit in chairs theater style and face the instructor, who once in a while asks us to raise our hands if we have the answer. Math, history, spelling, and foreign languages are all taught in an individual learning pattern. Science class exposes us to teamwork in the laboratory, not for its own sake but because of a lack of lab equipment, so that only 5 or 6 instead of 30 liquid-to-gas explosions ...

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