Bamboo is weak in compression and strong in tension. Steel weakens when exposed to high temperatures. Glass shatters, but it also melts. Wood is stable underwater, so long as it is not exposed to air. Concrete takes approximately a month to fully cure.

The properties of building materials are important to architects and builders. They use their knowledge of material strengths and weaknesses to create novel design solutions. The structural properties of materials are critical to designers when determining the ultimate form of a building.

Are leaders aware of the strengths and weaknesses of the resources at their disposal when developing their organizations?

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