Malcolm Gladwell: Death to the Combine

June 2, 2008

We’ve always believed there’s a huge gap between what criteria people use to hire us and the skills actually required to do the jobs we do. Malcolm Gladwell agrees. And he’s very smart (the size of his hair tells us so). Listen to this lecture he gave at the recent New Yorker Conference. The case he makes here isn’t as steel trap tight as is typical, but it still provides much food for though. We imagine he goes far deeper into the issue in his forthcoming book Outliers, due in November, 2008.

Here are some other interesting pieces from Gladwell on similar topics over the years.


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