The Rare Find How Great Talent Stands Out

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  • Copyright: 2012-09-25
  • Publisher: Portfolio Trade
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Anyone who recruits talent faces the same basic challenge, whether we work for a big company, a new start-up, a Hollywood studio, a hospital, or the Green Berets. We all wonder how to tell the really outstanding prospects from the ones who look great on paper but then fail on the job. Or, equally important, how to spot the ones who don't look so good on paper but might still deliver extraordinary performance. In a tough economy, it's more important than ever to make every talent decision count. George Anders sought out the world's savviest talent judges to see what they do differently from the rest of us. He reveals how the U.S. Army finds soldiers with the character to be in Special Forces without asking them to fire a single bullet. He takes us to an elite basketball tournament where the best scouts are watching the players who don't have the ball. He talks to researchers who are reinventing the process of hiring Fortune 500 CEOs. Anders reveals powerful ideas you can apply to your own hiring. And in a new chapter for the paperback, "Becoming a Rare Find," he explains how to flip these strategies and make sure your talent isn't missed.

Author Biography

George Anders is a contributing writer at Forbes, where he writes about management, talent and innovation. He spent two decades as a top feature writer for The Wall Street Journal, where he was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. He also has written for Fast Company, Bloomberg View, Parade, and Harvard Business Review. He is the author of three previous books, including the New York Times bestseller Perfect Enough, an account of upheaval at Hewlett-Packard. He lives in northern California with his wife and two children.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Sand, Sweat-and Characterp. 15
The Talent Problemp. 37
Decoding the Jagged Résumép. 59
Where Insights Are Bornp. 81
Auditions That Workp. 100
Talent That Whispersp. 121
What Can Go Right?p. 139
Lottery Ticketsp. 159
Talent That Shoutsp. 180
When to Say Nop. 199
Picking the Bossp. 218
Fitting the Pieces Togetherp. 235
Becoming a Rare Findp. 248
Notesp. 274
Acknowledgmentsp. 289
Indexp. 291
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