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The Anywhere Leader: How to Lead and Succeed in Any Business Environment by Mike Thompson

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Part Four: VASTLY RESOURCEFUL

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DOING A LOT WITH A LITTLE HELPS THE ANYWHERE LEADER SUCCEED

Up to this point, you’ve probably pictured the Anywhere Leader as a polished professional in a pressed suit with great shoes and a leather laptop bag. Or maybe it’s more casual: nice jeans, great shoes, and a canvas messenger bag. But you probably didn’t envision Tom Hanks in a loincloth with a beard down to his chest and a chewed-up volleyball for a friend. Yet his character in the Robert Zemeckis film Castaway, FedEx exec Chuck Noland, was the ultimate Anywhere Leader.

That’s how he wound up on a deserted island in the first place. As a systems engineer, Noland flew around the world, troubleshooting and solving problems wherever he landed—including, ...

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