Innovation lessons from a 19th-century librarian

09/4/2013 |

Libraries around the world use the Dewey decimal system, a 19th-century classification method invented by librarian Melvil Dewey, whose obsessive streak rivaled that of Steve Jobs. Dewey's life shows the importance of harnessing obsessions productively, writes Joshua Kendall. "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," Kendall writes.

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