At Fast Company we love eccentric, exciting characters and helping you work smarter.
So why not combine the two?
Over the past 12 months we've been to some exciting places. We've taken you into the world of a professional kayaker who successfully mastered the wild rapids of the Congo River, and the studio of a legendary NYC ad man and designer, who will tell you exactly what he thinks about keeping on deadline.
In the slide show above, we've compiled our favorites—the most valuable, blunt, and slightly unconventional business lessons to help you get the most from your work.