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Organizing Genius: The Secrets of Creative Collaboration

Organizing Genius: The Secrets of Creative Collaboration
Author: Warren Bennis - Patricia Ward Biederman
ISBN 13: 9780201339895
ISBN 10: 201339897
Edition: Revised ed.
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication Date: 1998-06-04
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
List Price: $17.99

"Organizing Genius, the latest insightful and fascinating offering from Bennis and Biederman, reveals how there is rarely only one face to success. What may seem to be independent achievements are almost always a collection of extraordinarily interdependent minds." - Dr. Stephen Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Publishers Weekly

University of Southern California business professor Bennis and Los Angeles Times reporter Biederman examine six "Great Groups" whose work affected and sometimes changed the modern world. They are the Disney organization and its animated films; the Xerox Corporation's Palo Alto Research Center, which designed the first user-friendly computer; the Clinton presidential campaign of 1992 for what the authors deem a remarkable victory; Lockheed's Skunk Works, where the U-2 spy plane and the Stealth bomber were developed; Black Mountain College in the foothills of North Carolina, which lasted only from 1933 to 1956 but attracted many major artists; and the Manhattan Project, whose scientists created the atomic bomb. All of these groups, the authors stress, consisted of enormously talented people with a sense of mission, who worked under a strong leader and were imbued with pragmatic optimism. Each segment is so well told that it has lessons for all. (Feb.)