Head: 3 ( out of 5)
Heart: 4 ( out of 5)
Leadership Applicability: 4 ( out of 5)
Companies want to cultivate creative thinking in employees, believing that without it, they won’t survive. And it’s true: creativity sparks new ideas and when it permeates the culture, leads to competitive advantage. Companies, therefore, need talent passionate about the present as much as about the future, and who don’t mind being considered different. A diverse and inclusive workforce is a recipe for innovation in today’s business environment.
The author, Nolan Bushnell, is the founder of Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theater. He knows a thing or two about finding and hiring creative talent. Drawing on his experience, each chapter offers insight and tips on how to do just that. While the focus of this book is on hiring creative talent, the innovative concepts could apply to recruitment of other talent. The ideas force us to rethink traditional recruiting and hiring practices, which many studies have shown to be flawed.
Some the ideas presented include:
- Hiring for Passion and Integrity: Passion is a quality that is inherent; one can’t be trained to be passionate.
- Ignore Credentials: Employers should stop using a college degree as a sole qualification for employment. Instead, ask unusual questions to test for curiosity and resourcefulness.
- Look for Hobbies: Hobbies tell us about passions
- Hire Under Your Nose: Observe people doing their jobs outside of your workplace. Talent can be found anywhere.
- Comb Through Tweets: Use Twitter to identify talent. Twitter is a means of expression for many and a lot can be learned by their tweets.
Leaders and human resource professionals interested in building an innovative culture that thrives in the future will want to read this book. Buy it now.