What a 19th Century ‘Googler’ Can Tell Us About Today’s Obsessive CEOs


By Joshua Kendall


Sep 2, 2013

We frequently glorify our obsessive innovators, but they clearly have both strengths and weaknesses. The same intensity that can produce stratospheric success also has the potential to destroy them and those around them. As long as these obsessive innovators can find an outlet for their obsessiveness — say, a thriving company where they are given a loose leash by the board — they tend to do well, though underlings may suffer on account of their bluntness.
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