Talent, Resilience & The Rare Find             George Anders      U Mass Family Business Center              Nov. 2, 2012 ...
Books Begin With a Big Question
The Rare Find’s central question• How do world-class  organizations get  talent right?• (And what can the rest of us  lear...
Across a Vast Range of Disciplines,The Same Principles Keep Appearing
Experts Look Beyond Competency:What Personal Strengths Stand Out?
7 Traits Redefine the Talent Hunt                      Desire to                       Learn        Efficiency            ...
Part 1: Soldieringand Sgt. Dan Fagan
How do youIdentIfya great soldier?
In the field, you must ImproVISE
Adversity & ambiguity rule
RESILIENCEdefines the winners
What’sNeeded onMissions?“Mettle: Beingable to dealconfidentlywith theunknown.”                 t
Part 2: Teaching andEmily Lewis-Lamonica
TFA’s Start: Passionate & Naive                            Great                            teacher?                 Eloqu...
The dream . . .
Reality: Teach for America Focuses  On Public Schools’ Crisis Zones
Reality: Learning isn’t guaranteed
Wh a t    T F A Wa n t s           Toda y1. H a v e y o u o v e r c o m e   t o u g h t i me s ?2. I s y o u r G P A   s t...
For TFA, Resilience Pays OffTeacher      Students’    Principals’retention    pass rates   support 95%           86%      ...
What Are Some More Hiring Lessons? The Military   The Executive   The Educator
First: A New Role for the Jagged Resume                      • Rare Virtues                      • Some Career            ...
“Good-to-greatcompanies placemore weight oncharacter than onspecific skills orexperience.”Jim CollinsGood to Great
Second: Seek Out Talent That Whispers          (The Long Tail of Talent)
Is Hunting for Long Shots Too Slow?
Facebook’s Ingenious Shortcut 70,000 puzzle    Top 1% earn an   118 solvers win jobs solutions/year      interview
How to Pursue Talent That WhispersSearch in places others overlook:   Cities Under 200,000 People   Bright People Withou...
Daring to Ask: ‘What Can Go Right?’Athletes   Actors   Authors   Singers
The Rise of the Public Portfolio
There’s an Explosion of WebsitesCatering to Dozens of Specialties
Four Takeaways From ‘The Rare Find’• Competence Screens Will Yield the Top  Quartile; Character Clinches the Top 5%• If Yo...
Follow Ups? Of Course!    Twitter: @GeorgeAnders                ***     Facebook: TheRareFind                ***http://blo...
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Talent, resilience and The Rare Find

  1. 1. Talent, Resilience & The Rare Find George Anders U Mass Family Business Center Nov. 2, 2012 Holyoke MA
  2. 2. Books Begin With a Big Question
  3. 3. The Rare Find’s central question• How do world-class organizations get talent right?• (And what can the rest of us learn from them?)
  4. 4. Across a Vast Range of Disciplines,The Same Principles Keep Appearing
  5. 5. Experts Look Beyond Competency:What Personal Strengths Stand Out?
  6. 6. 7 Traits Redefine the Talent Hunt Desire to Learn Efficiency Judgment Resilience Compati- Self- bility Reliance Acumen
  7. 7. Part 1: Soldieringand Sgt. Dan Fagan
  8. 8. How do youIdentIfya great soldier?
  9. 9. In the field, you must ImproVISE
  10. 10. Adversity & ambiguity rule
  11. 11. RESILIENCEdefines the winners
  12. 12. What’sNeeded onMissions?“Mettle: Beingable to dealconfidentlywith theunknown.” t
  13. 13. Part 2: Teaching andEmily Lewis-Lamonica
  14. 14. TFA’s Start: Passionate & Naive Great teacher? Eloquent Enthusiastic
  15. 15. The dream . . .
  16. 16. Reality: Teach for America Focuses On Public Schools’ Crisis Zones
  17. 17. Reality: Learning isn’t guaranteed
  18. 18. Wh a t T F A Wa n t s Toda y1. H a v e y o u o v e r c o m e t o u g h t i me s ?2. I s y o u r G P A s t r o n g e r n o w t h a n a s a f r e s h ma n ?3. D i d y o u b l a z e a t r a i l i n t o
  19. 19. For TFA, Resilience Pays OffTeacher Students’ Principals’retention pass rates support 95% 86% 94%
  20. 20. What Are Some More Hiring Lessons? The Military The Executive The Educator
  21. 21. First: A New Role for the Jagged Resume • Rare Virtues • Some Career Ups and Downs • Limited Direct Experience • A Maverick Approach to Life
  22. 22. “Good-to-greatcompanies placemore weight oncharacter than onspecific skills orexperience.”Jim CollinsGood to Great
  23. 23. Second: Seek Out Talent That Whispers (The Long Tail of Talent)
  24. 24. Is Hunting for Long Shots Too Slow?
  25. 25. Facebook’s Ingenious Shortcut 70,000 puzzle Top 1% earn an 118 solvers win jobs solutions/year interview
  26. 26. How to Pursue Talent That WhispersSearch in places others overlook:  Cities Under 200,000 People  Bright People Without College Degrees  Classic Gender & Ethnicity Diversity  Nontraditional career paths  The outer edges of your referral networks
  27. 27. Daring to Ask: ‘What Can Go Right?’Athletes Actors Authors Singers
  28. 28. The Rise of the Public Portfolio
  29. 29. There’s an Explosion of WebsitesCatering to Dozens of Specialties
  30. 30. Four Takeaways From ‘The Rare Find’• Competence Screens Will Yield the Top Quartile; Character Clinches the Top 5%• If You Can Decode Jagged Resumes, You Can Spot Talent That Others Overlook• Talent That Whispers Is Far More Abundant Than We First Realize• Many Talent-Hunting Rules Are Universal; Enjoy the Lessons and Lore of Faraway Fields
  31. 31. Follow Ups? Of Course! Twitter: @GeorgeAnders *** Facebook: TheRareFind ***http://blogs.forbes.com/georgeanders/ ***Email: George.Anders@gmail.com

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