• “One of the most brilliant and original books I've read, illuminating a theme, almost universally ignored, and, ironically, the indispensable core of successful leadership.”
    Warren Bennis Distinguished Professor of Management, USC
    Author, Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership
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    Doug Stone Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School
    Coauthor, Difficult Conversations
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    Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University
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    PwC Consulting
  • “Smith could help the proverbial three blind men not only correctly identify their elephant, but engage it, teach it to talk, and transform it into an organizational asset.”
    Roger Schwarz President and founder, Roger Schwarz & Associates
    Author, The Skilled Facilitator
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    When You Can’t Find Your Keys
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