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Clever: Leading Your Smartest, Most Creative People by Gareth Jones, Rob Goffee

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5 CONTOURS OF THE CLEVER ORGANIZATION

ORGANIZATIONS ARE broad churches. Their communities are diverse.

Take an organization like Cisco Systems, for example. It is brimming with clever yet highly diverse people. No two are the same—or want exactly the same relationship with the organization. Consider the following three Cisco employees.

Andreas Dohmen is a German nuclear physicist who also has a degree in economics. In his spare time he plays soccer and reads philosophy. “One day, I will study philosophy. That’s my personal dream,” he told us. His first job after university was as a system engineer and product manager at the German electronics giant Siemens. “I wanted to learn how a company works. I was fascinated by a company like Siemens, with ...

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