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In the late fourteenth century the chapel and great hall were constructed at New College, Oxford. Almost five hundred years later Sir Gilbert Hall was hired to restore the roof of the hall. The roof and the huge oak beams which supported it were badly rotted. Where would such massive beams be found? Representatives of the college took Sir Gilbert to Great Hall Woods, in Berkshire, where a century earlier some unknown leader had planted trees for this very purpose. The replacement beams were found because someone had seen a need and prepared for it–even though he was not there to see his plans accomplished. Adapted from Leadership Jazz by Max Depree

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