Leadership lessons from a mechanic

05/27/2009 | NYTimes.com

Having experience as a mechanic or an electrician might seem totally irrelevant to success in business, but perhaps that's because our pursuit of a "knowledge economy" has warped our sense of what work should be like. Trade work emphasizes outcomes over processes, Matthew B. Crawford writes, which forces workers to stand behind what they produce in a way that office hierarchies often prevent. If more leaders had trade experience, Crawford argues, they'd be more methodical, more creative, more adept at coping with failure and more inclined to learn from their mistakes.

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