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Moving Forward as a Group.

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Dr. Mark Mone, Associate Dean at the Lubar School of Business, states that career advancement in organizations is experiencing a shift in focus, from an individual point of view to one that is team-based.

In the past, individuals had to demonstrate how they could save or make money for their companies.  Nowadays, however, firms value the ability to move a team forward not solely individual achievements.

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Imagining Alternatives.

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Maverick leaders can imagine alternative ideas and perspectives that the organization may not have considered in the past. “Thinking outside the box” is a cliché, but firms must seriously challenge orthodoxy if they want to continue growing. Hiring a maverick or two might help encourage thought leadership throughout the organization.

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Challenges of Working with Mavericks.

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Many firms want to attract the generation’s star performers, namely “mavericks.”  But their brightness often poses a challenge in the organizational culture, Dr. Mark Mone states.

Mavericks tend to upset the accepted norms and generate conflict with their peers and managers.  Dr. Mone believes that companies need to understand both the benefits and the risks of working with mavericks.

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