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Nurturing talent at work, home

Bob Bruggeworth, head of a major cell phone component maker, just finished a business book by a favorite author.

“The Leadership Pipeline: How to Build the Leadership Powered Company” sports a trio of authors including sought-after CEO adviser and prolific business writer Ram Charan. Bruggeworth, CEO of RF Micro Devices in Greensboro, said Charan has worked with the company on leadership development.

“In many ways, a CEO is a talent scout,” Bruggeworth said. Books about leadership are reminders about “making sure you nurture and grow your talent.”

Bruggeworth, 47, also is nurturing talent at home, where he and wife Michelle have two boys, Baxter, who is 12, and Ben, 14. Both have shown an interest in the $1 billion chip maker's business workings. The younger one went with Dad last year to visit the company's Beijing plant and sat through business meetings. The older son quizzed Dad on an acquisition and grasped complex decisions. For Bruggeworth, involving his sons with work is a way of ensuring time together.

“They see what you do,” he said. “They appreciate more when you can't be there and when you can.”

He typically reads business books and always packs books to read while traveling for business. This month, his briefcase will hold a lighter volume. When he and Michelle head for the Olympics in Beijing, he'll have “Tales from Q School,” sportswriter John Feinstein's account of the grueling process of qualifying for the PGA tour.

Bruggeworth is a daily Wall Street Journal reader and watches CNN and CNBC during treadmill sessions. He snags info online with his iPhone, the new 3G version. He has it loaded with music, a lot of it from his college days as a disc jockey.

Stella M. Hopkins
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