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Leading Geeks: How to Manage and Lead People Who Deliver Technology by Paul Glen

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Part 1. The Context of Geek Leadership

Few successful business strategies are developed by managers without a clear understanding of the competition, product, and customers. If someone presented you with a strategic plan that ignored the context of your business, you probably wouldn't even bother reading it. So it is with leading geeks. If you don't understand and acknowledge the environment in which geeks live and work, you are unlikely to become an effective leader of geeks (see Figure 1.1 in Chapter One).

An old myth about leadership says that if you can lead in one environment, you can lead in any environment. Unfortunately, it's not true. All too often leaders, who are by nature people of action, are too eager to focus on their own tasks and ...

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