Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Are You Successful, But a Real Jerk? - Fortune Small Business

The discussion of manic depression and "mania" takes many forms. This is an interesting review of a book on Hypomania and the business/entrepreneur environment.

Answer Central - Are You Successful, But a Real Jerk? - FORTUNE SMALL BUSINESS:

"We've read about them over and over again. An entrepreneur founds a wildly successful business and then is forced out, because he's alienated those who work with him. The common explanation is that these companies get too big for the entrepreneurs to run. They're not managers; they're idea guys. But John Gartner, an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, has another theory: It's not that they just haven't been trained as managers, but they're not wired to be managers - they're hypomanics.

Gartner, who studied successful businesspeople in his recent book, "The Hypomanic Edge: The Link Between A Little Craziness and A Lot of Success in America" (Simon & Schuster, $26), says that the most successful entrepreneurs are somewhat manic in their single mindedness. 'They have an offbeat idea, which they believe with messianic fervor will change everything,' he says. 'And their evangelical zeal gets other people on board.'"