The Rare Find: How Great Talent Stands Out

The Rare Find: How Great Talent Stands Out

by George Anders


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591845621
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/25/2012
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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

Introduction 1

1 Sand, Sweat-and Character 15

2 The Talent Problem 37

3 Decoding the Jagged Résumé 59

4 Where Insights Are Born 81

5 Auditions That Work 100

6 Talent That Whispers 121

7 What Can Go Right? 139

8 Lottery Tickets 159

9 Talent That Shouts 180

10 When to Say No 199

11 Picking the Boss 218

12 Fitting the Pieces Together 235

13 Becoming a Rare Find 248

Notes 274

Acknowledgments 289

Index 291

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The Rare Find: Spotting Brilliance Before Everyone Else 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
sergevansteenkiste More than 1 year ago
George Anders sets himself the goal to show his audience how to discover what he calls the "Rare Find" before somebody else discovers him/her. For this purpose, Mr. Anders comes up with a process that is articulated around three premises: 1. Widen one's view of talent; 2. Find inspirations that are hidden in plain sight; and 3. Simplify one's search for talent. The candidate's core character is central to this quest. The nine character traits that matter the most to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) when choosing new agents are a good template to be used in this quest. These nine character traits are initiative, perseverance, compatibility, discipline, trainability, judgment, loyalty, leadership, and maturity. Mr. Anders often touches on these personality traits when he examines how the best talent recruiters from the public and private sectors proceed to find these rare "birds" that make all the difference between success and failure. Mr. Anders relates the experience of recruiters from the Green Berets, the music industry, new start-ups, multinationals, or hospitals, to name a few sectors of activity. In summary, Mr. Anders gives some useful tips to his readers to broaden their horizon while being systematic in their search for the "Rare Find" that is too often hidden in plain sight.