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Clever: Leading Your Smartest, Most Creative People

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If your company is like most, it has a handful of people who generate disproportionate quantities of value: A researcher creates products that bankroll the entire organization for decades. A manager spots consumer-spending patterns no one else sees and defines new market categories your enterprise can serve. A strategist anticipates global changes and correctly interprets

Hardcover, 208 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Harvard Business Review Press (first published 2009)
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Patrick Neylan
Dec 28, 2014 Patrick Neylan rated it did not like it
Is this the worst business book ever published? I could write all night and still not find enough insults to throw at it, and every one of them justified. It's terrible.

This quivering slab of moist platitudes reminds me of the sort of patronising, vapid nonsense peddled on daytime TV, usually in the name of self-improvement. The glibness and shallowness are astounding, such that I had to stop reading every few paragraphs to scratch my head and marvel that such drivel could ever have got publishe
Jorge Edgar
Oct 07, 2016 Jorge Edgar rated it it was amazing
Goffee, me parece, es un sabio de la administración y gestión empresarial. Leerlo y escucharlo demanda total atención y enfoque.
Académico, investigador, autor, ha realizado trabajos en colaboración con varios especialistas del tema de liderazgo, cultura organizacional, cambio y manejo directivo de personas, en este último tema, sobre todo en la dirección de personas creativas y de perfiles altos.
El presente trabajo, además de otorgar bases de liderazgo y administración del talento, inspira y o
May 03, 2010 E rated it really liked it
A thoughtful guide to managing clever workers

Clever employees dream up intriguing new products and services, and develop revolutionary processes that catapult their organizations over their competitors. As such, they are crucial to a company’s success. However, as consultants Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones explain, leading them can be a huge challenge. Manage them too much, and they will leave and take their brilliant ideas to your competitors. Manage them too little, and they may waste precious co
Mark Dongen
Apr 22, 2013 Mark Dongen rated it really liked it
I like Goffey & Jones, when they write together. Having been in lectures of Garath, the story takes on a whole new life, as he is a great story teller. The basis of the book is solid research, I like that the businesscases he uses are companies we can imagine, not unknown ones, but companies to a certain extend symbolic for their products or their brands. This is one of the books that inspired me to do a PhD on Leadership development of high potentials, so I am biassed I will admit.

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Steve Goodyear
May 13, 2013 Steve Goodyear rated it really liked it
I loved the insights and perspective this book brought for managing clever people. It gave me some insights into how I fit as a clever person on a team or in a workplace, and where the source of some of my frustrations or challenges lay. I found it useful both in looking at my own career and at how to engage with other clever people.
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May 21, 2013 Denis Korsunov rated it it was amazing
Authors proclaim the beginning of clever economy era where clever companies will prevail and key source of success of such companies will be clever people (smart, talented, creative individuals capable to create huge amounts of value for their organizations). And leading (not managing) is keystone to unleash of full potential of clever people.
Gerard Brown
Generally I am not a fan of management books, but this is interesting...especially if you spend time around artists, designers and other creatives. If you're one of them, you might recognize yourself in the descriptions. If you're working with them, you'll be subconsciously saying, yes, that's so-and-so they're writing about...
Jan 25, 2012 Sean rated it liked it
The book uses a few companies as case studies. Would have preferred more examples as it can feel pretty stale even though it is focusing on different lessons.
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