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First Things First

I must study politics and war, that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.
John Adams

I have seen managers and leaders in companies grow frustrated and even desperate at the lack of cooperation they got from the people who worked for them. I came to realise two things:

  1. The managers and leaders often had lofty needs, to do with legacies, creating centres of excellence, gaining the respect of their peers, etc.
  2. That the people working for such managers and leaders often had much more basic needs, to do with safety, systems that worked properly and continued employment. 

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