Tag: Malcolm Gladwell

[Life Back West] October 2013 – Kismet?


“Kismet” the CEO asked? “Yes, kismet,” I said. “The not-so-accidental fact that I’m working with someone who has some of the same strengths and challenges that I have. The good news? I know them well.” The CEO’s direct report was the client, someone I’ll call “Bob,” did indeed have a skill set that reminded me […]

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(Mere) Talent Takes a Beating

Malcolm Gladwell speaks at PopTech! 2008 confe...

Malcolm Gladwell had Sandy Nininger. I have March Madness. The results are the same. Mere talent is taking a beating. Gladwell’s writings – built in part on the work of people like Carol Dweck and Angela Duckworth – have shown that raw talent – smarts as we like to say in the business world – […]

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Dirty Secrets and Hiring Managers Tips: Beware the Interview Audition

Scottish singer Susan Boyle in November 2009

Many managers dread hiring people. It’s a dirty little secret, and one of the things that causes people to realize that they are not cut out for management. There are things you can do to help avoid that dread; they aren’t elaborate, and with a little practice you can make the hiring process easier (dare […]

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