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The Rare Find: Spotting Exceptional Talent Before Everyone Else Hardcover – October 18, 2011
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“George Anders is himself a rare find. A superb writer, he brings piercing intellect and persistent curiosity to examine the single most important leadership skill: finding and picking the right people. By turning his own talent upon this vital and elusive question, Anders has done a great service.”
—Jim Collins, author of How the Mighty Fall and Good to Great
“How do you find brilliant performers? The first step is to read this remarkable, groundbreaking, profoundly useful book—which is not so much a book as a detailed map of the newly revealed landscape of modern talent hunting. Quite simply, the best book on the subject I’ve ever read.”
—Daniel Coyle, author of The Talent Code
“George Anders combines deep reporting, vivid storytelling, and keen analysis to help unravel the mysteries of talent. Whether you’re running a large organization or managing a small team, The Rare Find is that rare book—a must-read.”
—Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind
“George Anders finds the deep truth about choosing people right. You’ll never make these supremely important decisions the same way again.”
—Geoff Colvin, author of Talent Is Overrated
“Resilience, curiosity, and self-reliance are strengths that don’t show up in HR hiring manuals. In The Rare Find, George Anders shows that they lead to fresh ways to hunt for talent. More power to him for daring to advocate that which is not obvious.”
—Andrew S. Grove, former chairman and CEO of Intel Corporation and author of Only the Paranoid Survive
“Well researched, useful, and entertaining . . . The book not only shows how to find and hire top talent, it also provides valuable advice for anyone looking to enhance his or her own performance.”
—Steven N. Kaplan, Neubauer Family Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
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The book focuses on what can we learn from the world's best talent judges in terms of finding the best people to hire. I'd summarize the best points below - but you might want to read it and figure it out for yourself! Not everyone looks for the same things!
Traits of great candidates:
* Without guidance, effectively tolerate stress, make adjustments, and still act with stunning decisiveness when required
* Build peer-to-peer bonds that will drive them forward throughout their entire career
* Analyze their failures; bounce back from them and determine how to do better in future
* Work well with others across the entire enterprise and outside it
* Have a drive to further the company's success - very self-motivated
* Are good listeners
Ways to determine these traits:
* Ask about their most rewarding experiences
* Ask about times they've overcome adversity
* Ask about areas of pride
* Ask about when they felt excluded and how they coped
* Push for motivation on decisions made; keep asking until satisfied
Additional relevant points:
Think through the assignment; different roles require different strengths
o Example of a successful change agent
- Quick wit
- Constant Curiosity
- Knack for bringing people around to her way of thinking
o Example of a teacher
- Set clear goals
- Motivate people to work hard toward those goals
- Constantly assess effectiveness/performance
- Work backward from desired outcome
If people are interested, they may:
o Ask a lot of questions
o Be more prepared
o Listen well
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.
The Rare Find tells stories about people and organizations and how they come together to find the right characters to help develop and further the plot. After all, everyone has a story to their career, so what better way to explore insights into hiring the right people than to use stories? This is exactly what The Rare Find does in a well-written way.
The Rare Find is not a conventional book that outlines a specific number of steps on how to find great talent. Instead, it weaves together stories that highlight ideas and real approaches. It is very practical for organizations while being inspirational for talented people looking for the right opportunities. The Rare Find serves both audiences very well.
It takes extra effort to really understand what a person may bring in terms of talent to an organization. Some approaches that come through in the stories are:
- Read resumes from the bottom up to gain insights into a person's story and character traits.
- Explore those elements that may show resiliency or determination.
- Study yourself and determine why you have been successful. Look for similar traits in others.
- Examine the capacity of a person to learn and grow.
In many ways, The Rare Find is an unconventional read. The book adheres to its own advice of being a little different in exploring how to find and hire the right people.
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