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Managing Your Manager: How to Get Ahead with Any Type of Boss by Gonzague Dufour

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CHAPTER 5THE SCIENTISTEnjoy the Intellectual Challenges

If you think of business as a giant laboratory, then you’ll recognize the Scientist as the person in charge of the experiments. Rather than experiment with test tubes and chemicals, this manager relies on management theories and concepts. In my experience working for the Scientist, I noticed that he seemed most happy when he was putting a favored leadership or management theory into practice or testing a new theory of his own devising. When I worked for him, I felt I was working for someone who had a brilliant if somewhat academic grasp of the way business functioned.

As the name implies, the Scientist has a head for business theory. In many cases, this manager has gone through a top MBA ...

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