Alex Ferguson has led Manchester United, the vastly successful and highly profitable British soccer team, for 25 years, and has proven to be a master at extracting talent from his players. Among his top tools for doing so: fits of halftime rage known as "hairdryers" for their ability to shock players into performing better. Ferguson "could reasonably be described as Britain’s Steve Jobs, given his unorthodox, talent-obsessed and sometimes bruising approach to making something beautiful," writes an Economist Game Theory blogger.

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