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12/18/08
Outliers. What companies might value
Filed under: Interviewing, Mentoring, Mature professionals, Post-docs, Technicians
Posted by: site admin @ 2:20 pm

Since reading Blink and Tipping Point,
Malcolm Gladwell has a fan in me!  It is
not surprising then that “Outliers“, his 2008
book, is a topic here.

Rebecca Smith WSJ authored a front
page article
on an advanced battery consortium.
While I applaud the effort and the story for a future
area of work, it is not novel.  We see ExxonMobil
advertisements about battery separators that
may have had its origins in a grand battery project
that lasted nearly a decade in the 1970s.  It was
clear then that materials with very unique
requirements were needed for long-lived service.

People, companies and industries might be
the same.  It is hard to excel unless long-term strong
commitment is involved.  The exception of course is
where a very large firm or entity can buy up the
best and the brightest.  It is much harder to do, now.

I wish to share three “in your face” observations
Gladwell points out that relate to this and to
what companies might be looking for in candidates.

 - “10,000 hour rule” it takes ten thousand hours
of practice in anything to achieve mastery.


Hard work honing your skills to solve problems.


 - there are certain fields where doggedness
and persistence  and the willingness to try
out many approaches and NOT GIVE UP.
He mentioned the innate abilities as being
somewhat unreal, trying hard until one “gets
it” is what matters.

People aren’t just ‘born winners,’ but grow
in a culture that supports hard work on
worthwhile goals and prove themselves.

 - “practical intelligence” - knowing what to
say, when, to whom and how to say it with
maximum effect.

inspired communication skills .

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