Joe is a business unit leader faced with the ultimate challenge of change as his company enters a merger. The global culture and gaps in Joe's leadership style threaten the health of the organization and possibly the success of the merger. Will Joe and his team be able to embrace the behaviors necessary to survive the merger and achieve their goals? How will shifts in the overall culture have an impact on Joe's effectiveness as a leader? Paige Whitmire's parable describes common behaviors and characteristics individuals often demonstrate during times of change. Through the course of the story, Paige unfolds a back-to-basics approach to leadership. The story shows the necessity of strong leadership during times of intense change. The simple yet highly effective model provides a method for skill development that can be used in any personal or professional setting influenced by change small or large.