The Bastard's a Genius

Robert Clifford - from schoolboy dunce to shipbuilding entrepreneur

Alistair Mant
AUD $29.99
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The authorised biography of Robert Clifford, founder and chairman of INCAT - builder of high speed wave piercing catamarans.

'Bob Clifford is a hero of mine. I actually sought him out because I wanted to find out how on earth he had learned to do what he has done . How did he do it? I believe he is a genius.' - Dick Smith

The story of how Robert Clifford went from being a poor student to a global shipping entrepreneur reads more like adventure fiction than cold hard fact. But it is all true. The tale contains the usual quota of disaster and triumph, spiced with a fascinating account of ingenuity and invention at work. After all, if you go into business, you might as well experience a financial meltdown and a bank receivership. If you take up yachting, you might as well win the Sydney-Hobart race in a near photo-finish. If you invent and then dominate a global fast-ferry market, you might as well win the Hales Trophy for the fastest Atlantic crossing, not once but three times.

But behind the swashbuckling adventure story lies a complex, affectionate and little-understood man of surprising sensitivity and creativity. He is an all-action hero consumed by the need to conceive, shape and bring to fruition objects of great utility and beauty. He is a man quite unlike the standard-issue 'businessman' and much more like those distinguished artists and scientists who are impelled by some inner voice to do the work they do.

Author bio:

Alistair Mant is Chairman of the Socio-Technical Strategy Group, which advises on the inherent capacity for change and responsibility within work systems, and specialises in leadership development, the assessment of talent, the de-bunking of fashionable dogma and the avoidance of crippling blunders. He is the author of the very successful Intelligent Leadership published by Allen + Unwin. He divides his time between Australia and the UK.

Category: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781741143669
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: August 2010
Page Extent: 272
Format: Paperback - C format
Subject: Biography: general

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