When people fail to respect the P/PC Balance in their use of physical assets in organizations, they decrease organizational effectiveness and often leave others with dying geese.

This is from the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I don't understand what dying geese is referring to here. Can someone help me?

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This is a reference to the goose that laid the golden eggs. Related idioms include "don't kill the goose that lays the golden eggs".

So this line is saying people who do not respect that "P/PC Balance" thing negatively affects others in the organization and damage the resourcefulness, productivity, and/or effectiveness of the organization which is analogized to the goose that lays the golden eggs.

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