Is Talent Overrated?

Malcolm Gladwell's The Talent Myth story in the New Yorker is a surface analysis of McKinsey's philosophy regarding hiring and promotion, but raises the important question whether companies like Enron misinterpreted the potential of individuals: 'The talent myth assumes that people make organizations smart. More often than not, it's the other way around...stability in a firm's existing businesses might be a good thing...the self-fulfillment of Enron's star employees might possibly be in conflict with the best interests of the firm as a whole.'

Monday, July 22, 2002 | Permalink | Filed in Organizations


Dreyfuss Mobile Phone

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Doblin's Short, Grandiose Theory

Marsupial Mouse

Search method seeds

Volunteering pays


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Cost and Style

Litmus test for scent/meaning

Shifting information goals

Theory: EBay as Flea Market

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