Mavericks are at work in our nation, and they are reinventing everything in their path.

Bill Taylor is the maverick who co-founded Fast Company magazine and with co-author Polly LaBarre he has just written a new book on other remarkable people who are challenging business as usual. It’s titled, Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win. Bill was associate editor of the Harvard Business Review and he spent several years in Washington, D.C., working with consumer advocate Ralph Nader.

Tom Payzant is also a maverick. In his ten years as superintendent of Boston Public Schools he shook up the system, introduced choice, and increased critical math test scores. Tom received recognition as Massachusetts Superintendent of the Year and won Richard R. Green Award for Excellence in Urban Education from the Council on Great City Schools. Tom is now a senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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