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Give your difference, welcome my difference, unify all differences in the larger whole—such is the law of growth. The unifying of difference is the eternal process of life—the creative synthesis, the highest act of creation.

Mary Parker Follett

I was just starting a new position charged with developing a center at the University of Washington's Foster School of Business. In my first month on the job, I was asked to coordinate a session titled Leaders to Legends, to which we invited alumni and business leaders to attend a luncheon to hear about new developments in leadership. The leader who was speaking was a senior vice president of marketing at Starbucks. She and I had agreed to set up the session where I would lead off with ...

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