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When a worker looks for a last hurrah

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You supervise a research department in a large enterprise, and one of your employees, Jack Oswald, is now only a year away from retirement. Jack has always produced excellent results—if his assignments have interested him. But he has a reputation for ignoring company priorities and customer needs to pursue his own research.

All the same, Jack is a true expert, and as long as he can work alone on the projects he likes, all goes well. However, he's gone as far in his career as he can in this mode. And that's a problem for you, because Jack wants one more promotion— to group leader—before he retires.

You sympathize with Jack's desire, but you just don't think he's cut out for management. His past attempts to lead workgroups have ended when he got distracted by one of his pet projects, fell back into his old habits, and left you to pick up the pieces. But you dutifully raised the issue of Jack's promotion with your bosses; their...(register to read more)

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