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Heed hard-knock lessons from unconventional leaders

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in Leaders & Managers,Management Training

Two compelling biographies provide entertaining reading and management wisdom. Rafer Johnson’s The Best That I Can Be (Doubleday, 1998) shows how the Olympic champion practiced methodically to win the gold medal in the 1960 decathlon— a model of goal-setting and attainment.

Kemmons Wilson’s Half Luck and Half Brains (Hambleton-Hill, 1996) features “20 tips for success” from the founder of Holiday Inn, including this one: “Mental attitude plays a more important role in one’s success or failure than mental capacity.” (See WS Spotlight Interview, July 1999.)

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