Do you have heart, smarts, guts or luck? Maybe you're hitting on all cylinders?
The question is posed in a new book co-authored by a fascinating guy, Richard J. Harrington, who is in large part responsible for the success of information behemoth Thomson Reuters.
I had a fun conversation with Harrington for a Q&A I wrote recently. Sometimes a man that powerful and experienced is no fun to interview, preferring to talk down, patronize and rush me off the phone if he thinks I'm asking too many questions.
(Salon republished a great piece on this kind of guy recently.)
Not so with Harrington. Like many of the best entrepreneurs, I found him authoritative and intelligent but also humble, friendly and interested in a two-way conversation, rather than delivering me a sales pitch or droning on with a lecture.
Really refreshing. It's even more refreshing to see that that attitude is the norm rather than exception for the most powerful people I interview - believe it or not.