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Crafty and creative

How Lina Echeverria manages geniuses

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If you rely on brainpower to get ahead, you’d better have a boss like Lina Echeverria. As a technology director at Corning Inc., she runs a group of 45 glass researchers, including 25 Ph.D. scientists, for this $5 billion company.

WS: You manage creative folks who are paid to think and invent. To what extent do these types of employees need to play office politics?

Echeverria: Some of them play office politics, but that’s not necessarily negative or detrimental to their careers. In any large organization like ours, you need savvy to eliminate barriers, request help and create an efficient network so that you’re not isolated. I encourage my employees to play this type of politics.

WS: But can’t politics be destructive?

Echeverria: If my employees play office politics just to move up, that tells me they lack confidence that their work will stand on its own. They’re acting out of insecurity. So I bring them a sense of understan...(register to read more)

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