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? 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. And Anders reveals some surprising insights.
Fresh from her triumph at Lucent, Carly Fiorina took command of Hewlett-Packard in July 1999. Suddenly a woman was running one of the largest technology companies on earth, venturing farther than anyone else dared into traditional men's territory. Perfect Enough is the definitive account of her daredevil bid to remake HP with a record-shattering $20 billion acquisition of archrival Compaq Computer.
"Perfect Enough (Unabridged)"
What changes should your organization consider in order to get the most out of the recruitment process? New York Times best-selling author, George Anders, discusses this in his new book entitled, The Rare Find: Spotting Exceptional Talent Before Everyone Else. George emphasizes the importance of new technologies and social networking and how they play a critical role in finding all stars for your organization.
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz doesn’t want to run for the white house. But, buoyed by his company’s surging performance, the billionaire wants to use his caffeinated perch to change American discourse.
In less than two years Slack Technologies has become one of the most glistening of tech's ten-digit "unicorn" startups, boasting 1.1 million users and a private market valuation of $2.8 billion. If you've used Slack's team-based messaging software, you know that one of its catchiest innovations is Slackbot, a helpful little avatar that pops up periodically to provide tips so jaunty that it seems human.
The American tradition of retirement at age 65 is crumbling. As older workers stay on the job longer, challenges ranging from eyestrain to aching joints become increasingly prevalent. In response, technologists and ergonomics experts are rethinking working conditions.
Toyota spends $10 billion a year on research, more than any other automaker except Volkswagen. That pays for endless incremental improvements in everything from lithium batteries to seatbelt design, but such tweaks may not be enough anymore if Toyota is to remain the world’s top seller of cars.
Donning headphones, we tapped into Skype Translator, a creation of Microsoft’s research team. My chatting partners were part-time consultants to Microsoft, who happened to be thousands of miles away from my West Coast U.S. base. When I asked Chen where he grew up, it didn’t faze me to hear him say a few lines in Mandarin. A few seconds later, a friendly synthetic voice told me: “My hometown is in the northeast in China, Liaoning Province, Anshan.”
Chris Friedland bases his online retailer out of sleepy Chico, Calif. He hires at Burning Man. And he left hundreds of millions on the table to sell out to a British conglomerate. In doing it his way, he’s also turned Build.com into one of the top unsung success stories of the digital era.
In a country of rigid teaching styles and scarce university slots, students and professors are exploring what online learning can be.
Zanish Khan runs a tiny shop in Delhi's Basrurkar Market, where India's middle class comes to buy life's essentials. All around him, other merchants offer everything from electric fans to dried lentils that shoppers can scoop from 100-pound burlap bags. By contrast, Khan's merchandise is kept under glass and packed with state-of-the-art electronics. Still, Khan fits right in.
The heat wave gripping India on a day in late May feels particularly intense in the booming Delhi suburb of Gurgaon. Temperatures have soared to 109 °F by 12:30 p.m., and they aren't done rising. Lizards are looking for shade. A profusion of new office parks, roads, and malls has obliterated any vegetation that might have preserved a little of the previous night's coolness.