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Reaching Stardom: How to Identify and Develop Top Performers (2010)

Manfred Kets de Vries

"How to groom organisa- tional stars"

Organizational stars are often a study in paradox. They display many contradictory behavior patterns; without consciously realising it, they are true masters of the koan, as their demeanor is always more complex and nuanced than what is perceived at first glance. But their paradoxical behaviour is what makes them so successful. The way of the koan is the royal road to a deep understanding of what these stars are all about. This working paper addresses nascent stars: What makes those that turn into butterflies so special? What makes them so successful? What are the qualities that turn them into top performers? And are these qualities identifiable?

INSEAD Working Paper, 2010

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