When Alexander the Great visited Diogenes and asked whether he could do anything for the famed teacher, Diogenes replied:
“Only stand out of my light.” Perhaps someday we shall know how to heighten creativity. Until then, one of the best things we can do for creative men and women is to stand out of their light.
John W. Gardner, author and educator (1912-2002)
In my early career, I attended a briefing by NRC President Guy Ballard, a research engineer. He reported that the Treasury Board had recently asked him: how do you manage the 1,000 research engineers and scientists at NRC? He replied that he hired the brightest he could find and then kept out of their way!