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Clever: Leading Your Smartest, Most Creative People

Magazine article Risk Management

Clever: Leading Your Smartest, Most Creative People

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CLEVER: LEADING YOUR SMARTEST, MOST CREATIVE PEOPLE

BY ROB GOFFEE & GARETH JONES

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In any organization, no matter how large or small, there are always those "clever" individuals whose unusual intelligence, enthusiasm, creativity and passion leads them to create a disproportionately high amount of value for the firm, such as the R&D engineer whose patent bankrolls the company for the next ten years. But while needing the resources and structure of an organization in order to pursue their professional goals, these hotshots tend to resist traditional management. The R&D engineer needs her company's vast resources to build the "Next Big Thing," but grates under the levels of bureaucracy that come with it.

So how, then, can managers make the most out of these so-called "clevers" in ways that best harness their strengths? Answering this question is the purpose of Clever, the latest volume by Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones, two experts on organizational culture, leadership and change. …

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