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Winter 2018

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16 mArriOt 16 mArriOt I n the heavens, a star is born when hydrogen particles undergo so much pressure that their nuclei fuse. It's turbulent and hot and can take millions of years. In the business world, stars of a dif- ferent variety also form under intense pres- sure. Fortunately, the process doesn't take quite as long, but it is imperfect and hard to replicate, and the resulting star employees are not created equal. Regardless of trade, the definition of a star employee is generally the same across the planet: a high performer who is exceedingly visible; someone whose light shines brighter than the rest—like eight times brighter for computer programmers, or one hundred times brighter for scientists. Clayton Chris- tensen is a star. Steve Jobs was a star. Many think of Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk as stars. Becoming a business star requires extreme discipline, hard work, and (sometimes) a bit Two BYU Marriott professors are lighting the way to a more accurate system of reading the stars of business. B y T o d d H o l l i n g s H e a d i l l u s T r a T i o n s B y r e d n o s e s T u d i o

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