Mavericks that challenge the way you do business can be a competitive edge that you can't afford to overlook or they could rock the boat to such an extent that your business sinks without a trace. Would you employ them and if so how would you manage them to benefit the business and where do you draw the line.
Sir Richard Branson proclaimed this week that more businesses should hire ‘disruptive talents’ in order to stay at the cutting edge of their industry. Presumably, by this he means people like himself - innovative, entrepreneurial and forward-thinking types who refuse to allow their talents to be curtailed by the niceties of business relationships and employee management. The Virgin tycoon claims that if he found himself employed by a company that failed to appreciate his unconventional approach, he’d tell them: “If you don’t deal with me well, I’m going to go off and set up my own business and I’ll end up competing with you.”