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  • This, believe it or not, was one of the hardest things I ever did. 30 feet up - the pole climb wasn't bad at all. I was the first one up, eager to set the tone for the group of leaders, to demonstrate what leadership is all about...then I reached the top - a tiny, round disc, much smaller than my size 13s. Are you kidding me?!?

    The worst of it was, there was nothing there to hang onto. Nothing to pull myself up onto that little disc with. Will I even fit on that tiny thing? This was a seemingly impossible task. I really wanted to be that leader, set that tone. In the class of 72 executives, I had, surprisingly to myself, emerged as one of the leaders. I really didn't want to fail this challenge - it was too important. It would have been easy to say, "well, I made it this far, good job...next!"

    But, somewhere I found the strength to pull myself up onto that tiny, tiny platform, where I stood, with nothing at all to hang onto, and a moment of exhilaration previously unknown to me - and then I dove!
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