Mad Scientists

Bell, Chip R.; Patterson, John R.
May 2010
Leadership Excellence Essentials;May2010, Vol. 27 Issue 5, p8
The authors offer a guide to leading "mad scientists," the catch phrase for the gifted eccentrics and unconventional people in an organization. They are said to have noble traits but are extremely bull-headed, egotistical and counter cultural. According to the authors, organizations cannot tolerate mad scientist as they disturb the stability and status quo. Ways to lead mad scientists include embracing their weirdness, providing them loose control and tight guidance and running interference for them.


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