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Slay the dragon, share the wealth

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For hundreds and even thousands of years, greed has been depicted as a plunderer of battlefields and a dragon hoarding glittering piles of treasure.

One famous painting by Hieronymus Bosch shows greed as a giant hay wagon loaded with spoils, grinding under its wheels all the people in its path, many of them reaching up and grabbing for loot.

Today, greed seems to have laid siege to the world ... and it’s gaining ground. In 1982, the United States housed 23 billionaires; by 1996, there were 132.

So, short of pledging never to become a billionaire, what can you do about greed?
  • Acknowledge that you have everything you need or want to be happy.
  • Help your organization share its prosperity with its people.
  • Ask whether you and your organization have kept the first part of “enlightened self-interest.”
  • Feel powerful enough as a leader not to blame others for setbacks.
  • Feel confident enough to face loss.
— Adapted from Greed, Phyllis A. Tickle, Oxford University Press, and Transforming Your Dragons: Turning Personality Fear Patterns into Personal Power, José Stevens, Bear & Co.

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