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Tom Peters: Hire more weirdos

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Tom Peters loves employees who interrupt their bosses. He loves students who raise their hands at the “wrong” time.

That’s because the management guru believes no assumption should go unchallenged and no strange idea should be dismissed or ignored. He praises leaders who have the guts to hire deviants and challenge the status quo.

Peters believes in questioning authority and in not conforming. He believes that schools and corporations breed conformity. Progress, on the other hand, comes to us courtesy of the nonconformists.

He says, history books are filled with misfits, a Deviants Hall of Fame.

He feels lucky to have lived in Silicon Valley for 35 years, where he believes the true leaders of our time— the Jim Clarks, Scott McNealys and Andy Groves—have changed the way human affairs are conducted.

And they qualify as weirdos. Not one of them is even close to “normal.”

So, hire weirdos. They’ll drag you into the future.

—Adapted from “This I Believe! Tom’s 60 TIBs,” Tom Peters, www.changethis.com.

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