The Rare Find Spotting Exceptional Talent Before Everyone Else

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-10-18
  • Publisher: Portfolio Hardcover

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A journalistic quest to discover the secrets of the best talent hunters, revealing how they spot superstars before anybody else. Why are some people so much better than everyone else at spotting future stars? How do the best talent pickers in any field recognize future greatness-the subtle and reliable tells that indicate the potential for top performance? George Anders set out to find the best talent hunters in the worlds of business, sports, pop music, movies, venture capital, academia, medical research, and the military. As radically different as these fields may seem, all share an intense belief in the importance of finding high achievers. Anders reveals some surprising insights as he explores, for example: " How Hollywood casting agents size up candidates " How venture capitalists pick winners like Apple and Google " How the army's special forces culls top recruits Anders pairs his frontline observations with the rapidly expanding research findings of psychiatrists, economists, recruiters, and business strategists. He offers powerful tools that can help anyone tasked with tracking down tomorrow's talent. The Rare Findshows how anyone hone the ability to recognize future greatness.

Author Biography

George Anders is one of the founding writers at Bloomberg View, specializing in opinion pieces a b out the U.S. economy, financial markets, 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 has also written for Fast Company, The New York Times, Parade, Smart Money, and Harvard Business Review. He is the author of three previous books, including the New York Times bestseller Perfect Enough, a biography of Carly Fiorina. 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 Resumep. 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
Notesp. 249
Acknowledgmentsp. 265
Indexp. 269
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