WS: In a recent Wall Street Journal profile, you were called a “maverick.” Why?
Abrew: Probably because what always worked for me was to express different opinions from the status quo and attach my views to the organization’s best interest. I realized that if I could understand what the organization was trying to achieve, and link my ideas to that goal, then I’d better speak up rather than just go along.
WS: But don’t you risk alienating higher-ups by doing that?
Abrew: It depends how well you identify with their needs and consider their point of view. I have an old college friend who was also a maverick. He got plenty of promotions ...(register to read more)