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Mavericks at Work: Who’s Hiring?

Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business WinLast month the Indianapolis Marketing Book Club chose Mavericks at Work as the book to read. I love books, and especially love business books. My house is full of them. I’m reading this one and just started Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time.

Mavericks at Work is one of those incredibly inspirational books, but I’m not sure whether or not I’m getting my ‘fill’ of them. Tom Peters, Guy Kawasaki, Seth Godin, and even my friends and family keep telling me to be a Maverick.

I am a Maverick at heart, but I’m not convinced the world needs so many mavericks. Do we?

Maverick: a lone dissenter, as an intellectual, an artist, or a politician, who takes an independent stand apart from his or her associates.

After all, don’t we need guys that are simply going to fix our cars, sweep the floors, keep the buses running, and watch the store? Can every business really afford to keep promoting Mavericks? It’s not that I have doubts about my own entrepreneurial spirit, I just have doubts that there are a lot of opportunities for Mavericks out there.

A good friend of mine asked how I like the book. I responded, “I love the book!”

Then I had to go back to work. It’s not that my work doesn’t allow me to be influential… it’s simply that business as a whole doesn’t necessarily appreciate the maverick at work. They are the non-conformists, the outsiders, the troublemakers. Often, I think it’s the Maverick that ends up looking for the next opportunity – because it’s never where they just left.

Am I wrong on this?

5 Comments

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    I think people can take an independent stand in whatever they do.. even store attendants and auto mechanics. I don’t think we can have too many people who stop doing things just because “that’s the way they are” and instead ask questions, decide to go against the grain, and as a result, improve the world around us.

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      I agree, this is why we have Jessie James who builds motorcycles, Orange County Choppers, builds motorcylces. And all of the the people who will do contract work for them. Do you think all of these people are conformists, play it safe in life. these are examples. I am a non-conformists. I am an white female americian who went to acupuncture school. it was a long 3 years. and I am not of asian decent. I would say that is being a non-conformists. We really need more non-conformists

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    Jesse,

    I don’t disagree and don’t take me the wrong way, neither is necessarily more valuable than the other. I believe a great team needs ‘lifters and pushers’. Those that think it and those that can execute on that plan.

    I just wonder how many mavericks an industry can handle and if there’s really any shortage of them!

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    I was thinking this too, but I realised – everyone can be a Maverick sometimes, and a ‘lifter and pusher’ other times (even if it requires biting their tongues). It would be no good if everyone suggested doing everything a new way every time. But I think there is room for everyone to ask the questions that need asking, especially “why?”. And in my experience, this question is asked much too rarely.

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    I agree. We must have people to push the new ideas and dream of what can be. Just as importantly, we need the people that can focus on doing what is necessary to carry the new direction forward.

    There is a time and a place for both. Stagnation occurs when no new ideas are being offered. However, stagnation can also occur when too many ideas are thrown into the mix and nobody is willing to work with someone else’s ideas.

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