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After meeting chef Alice Waters at her legendary restaurant, Chez Panisse, Sydney Finkelstein got to thinking about the dozens of chefs who had come from her establishment to open their own restaurants and gain notoriety as some of the country's most creative culinary figures. Waters, he found, had spawned a family tree of geniuses. Could this pattern exist in other industries?
After years of research, Finkelstein found that similarly powerful mentors did indeed exist across every industry from finance to entertainment to fashion and the arts, and they created a network of superstars in their communities using techniques that are varied and often counterintuitive.
Finkelstein profiles luminaries such as Waters, Lorne Michaels, Miles Davis, Ralph Lauren, Larry Ellison, and Bonnie Fuller. Drawing on fascinating first-person accounts and surprising best practices, Finkelstein explores a phenomenon that has never been researched before and explains how any leader can create a powerful network and nurture extraordinary talent.
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By Ben on 03-12-16
Interesting, but not helpful
Interesting stories about influential people. But, if what you're looking for is instruction/advice on becoming a better boss, this isn't the book for you.
A lot of the advice is either silly (don't hire good people, hire exceptional people!) or unhelpful (work all day and night and expect your people to work all day and night).
The performance is very good.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful