We all know that leaders need vision and energy. But to be inspirational, leaders need four other qualities. Probably not what you'd expect, these qualities can be honed by almost anyone willing to dig deeply into their true selves. This article, which originally appeared in the September/October issue of Harvard Business Review, is offered in audio form exclusively through Audible.
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In an economy driven by ideas and intellectual know-how, top executives recognize the importance of employing smart, highly creative people. But if clever people have one defining characteristic, it's that they do not want to be led. So what is a leader to do?
From the March 2007 issue of Harvard Business Review.
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Built on top of the gates of Hell, Grimm City is the Devil's capital on earth. A place where every coffee shop, nightclub and shopping mall is the potential hunting ground for any of the supernatural entities that inhabit the Grimm City world. Death's 17-year-old apprentice, Nathaniel, comes into his own as he leads an uprising against the Devil with the help of a half-dead wraith and a giant hit-man. What results is a bloody, brutal revolt that calls upon the loyalties of both the living and the dead.
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Rob Goffee, a professor of organizational behavior at the London Business School, and Gareth Jones, a professor at the IE Business School in Madrid, unveil a six-part agenda for executives who aim to give employees what they really need to be their most productive.
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The Pet Defenders Code: 1. The safety of planet Earth depends on you. 2. Humans must not know the truth! Good Luck...you'll need it! Secret Agent Biskit is not happy when he discovers his new partner, Mitzy, is a cat! Everyone knows dogs and cats don't mix, but saving the earth must come first!
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Eddie thinks nowhere could be more boring than his hometown of the Wellcome Valley. Unfortunately he is about to be proved spectacularly wrong. Eddie’s problems start with the arrival of Scarlett, who seems rather too confident and mysterious for your average schoolgirl. She attracts trouble, and she’s apparently interested in only two very strange things - protecting the town’s local crackpot scientist and telling Eddie absolutely nothing about what’s going on.
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London, 1891: When orphans Esther and Tom are caught stealing by Lord Ringmore, little do they realise the peril they are in. Rather than hand them over to the police, he employs the children. But what does he really want? Blackwood is a man obsessed. He has devoted his life to unearthing the roots of magic. Tormented by the thought of death he knows that only real magic can overcome mortality. He has in his possession a book that contains the secret of true magic, but he cannot unlock its meaning alone.
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Legend tells of The Clan of the Scorpion, four mighty meerkats sworn to protect the world from their long-time nemesis, the Ringmaster... The Clan are escorting their mentor, Grandmaster One Eye, to a Kung Fu Grandmaster Meet, when they are ambushed by enormous spiders - and Grandmaster One Eye is katnapped! In a second adventure, Bruce’s favorite Hollywood action star, Vin De Pain, is appearing alongside the canine actor Soo Me in a sequel to Kung Fu Chihuahua.
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Sam Toop lives in a funeral parlour, blessed (or cursed) with an unusual gift. While his father buries the dead, Sam is haunted by their constant demands for attention. Trouble is afoot on the ‘other side’ – there is a horrible disease that is mysteriously imprisoning ghosts in empty houses in the world of the living. And Sam is caught in the middle – will he be able to bring himself to help? A darkly comic Dickensian ghost story from Blue Peter Award winner Gareth P. Jones.
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Hidden in the remotest reaches of the Red Desert, in a place called Mystic Rock, legend tells of an elite fighting force of ninja meerkats - The Clan of the Scorpion. Under the guidance of the Grandmaster One-Eye, these four warriors are sworn to protect the world from their age-old enemy, the Ringmaster ...When the world’s rarest tiger is stolen from a locked cage, the meerkats set about tracing the thief. Could this be the latest venture of the evil Ringmaster?
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Fourteen-year-old Mariel returns to England for her grandmother’s funeral. It is the first time she has been back since she emigrated with her mother as a baby, and it is the beginning of the uncovering of some really extraordinary truths about the Considine family. Why did Mariel’s mum argue with Grandma all those years ago? Why does Amelia wear so much perfume? Why is there a very large cat flap in Louvre House? And most importantly, what is the dark secret that lies at the heart of the family?
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In prison,accused of an intergalactic crime - the murder of President Vorlunar - things are not looking good for Stanley Bound. But when he escapes,matters get even worse! He discovers that his assumed crime has given him not only notoriety, but value.
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Lorelli and Ovid Thornthwaite are not like most 13-year-old children. They live in a huge and creepy mansion; they don't go to school and are heirs to a vast fortune. But what makes the twins even more unusual is their determination to kill each other! When their murderous sibling rivalry is called off it soon becomes clear that one of them can't stop trying to kill the other. But who is really causing the trouble and will they both survive to find out where the real danger lies?
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When Dirk Dilly of the Dragon Detective Agency is asked to follow a husband who is behaving suspiciously, he becomes involved in a mystery involving some very wicked Tree Dragons. Soon Holly is on hand to help Dirk and between them they find some solutions, not just the behaviour of the suspicious husband, but also to the problems that Holly has been having at school, where nothing is quite what it should be.
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When Dirk Dilly gets a call from Holly about her missing cat, Dirk doesn't really believe it is a case worthy of his great detective skills. But in no time at all, Dirk is up to his neck in intrigue, danger, and drama.
Is this particular 'Dragon Detective' able to deal with the perils before him? Can he, with the aid of a young girl, solve the tricky mystery of the missing cats?
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In a short article from "Forethought", Daniel Goldstein offers some advice on getting an unrecognized brand to be known. Then, there are two full-length articles that take a look at specific management challenges. In "Leading Clever People", authors Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones offer some tips on how to lead your most creative employees, especially when they're the types who don't want to be lead.
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