The Best Books for Business Owners of 2009

Clever by Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones
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Clever by Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones

Forget the “scientific” approaches to hiring those consultants tried to sell you on. This engaging book advocates for those unclassifiable, ingenious and creative folks whose promise may not be easily quantifiable. But clever people add the most value, and so business leaders should do what it takes to shape the culture around their needs and expectations, the authors argue persuasively. Solve the problem of attracting and managing clever people, and other challenges—productive collaboration and sustained innovation, among them—get a lot easier. Recommended by Leigh Buchanan.