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Here’s a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in March.
Changing Your Company from the Inside Out: A Guide for Social Intrapreneurs by Gerald F. Davis and Christopher J. White
Captivology: The Science of Capturing People’s Attention by Ben Parr
Road to Power: How GM’s Mary Barra Shattered the Glass Ceiling by Laura Colby
Becoming Your Best: Bringing Your Best Self to Work by Harry M. Kraemer
Peter Drucker’s Five Most Important Questions: Enduring Wisdom for Today’s Leaders by Peter F. Drucker, Joan Snyder Kuhl and Frances Hesselbein
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What’s more critical to producing a breakthrough innovation – finding creative people or finding creative ideas? This is a question Pixar head Ed Catmull has asked a great many people, and he says they tend to be pretty much split on it 50/50.
This astonished Catmull. Fresh off eight blockbuster successes in a row in 2008, he was arguing in his article “How Pixar Fosters Collective Creativity” that people exaggerate the importance of the initial idea, whereas, as he put it simply, “talent is rare.”
A trip through HBR’s archives shows that he’s hardly alone in this view. Bernard Arnault, for instance, the executive chairman of luxury goods maker LVMH, was clearly in the same frame of mind when we caught up with him in a 2001 HBR interview. “Our whole business is based on giving our artists and designers complete freedom to invent without limits,” he said, in describing his role in managing the likes of Dior’s top designer, John Galliano (who was in the midst of marketing a dress made from newspaper) and Vuitton’s Marc Jacobs (who came up with Vuitton’s signature graffiti handbag design).
If you want employees to go job hunting in order to leverage you into giving them a raise to keep them, then by all means, only give them a raise when they go job hunting.
If you want vendors to nickel and dime you for the last penny, then by all means, stretch out their payments and use them as a free source of cash.
If you want the home seller or the art dealer or the agent to put their goods up for auction to maximize the price you’ll have to pay, then definitely punish those that don’t have auctions by seeking to pay them as little as possible.
If you want internet companies to auction off your attention to the highest bidder, the best strategy is to only use services that don’t charge you a fee.
So with all the talk about leadership, have you ever noticed how many conversations on this topic take place in the third person? One generally sees “he/she/they/them” (third person) used far more […]
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