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Adam Grant On Interviewing to Hire Trailblazers, Nonconformists and Originals

Originals and Where to Find Them

Originals and Where to Find Them
  • Unsung Heroes. For each major innovation or movement, there are catalysts that fade into the background of what they create.
  • Insubordinates. It's important to triage troublemakers, but in doing so, don't miss an original in your midst.
  • Those who have been fired. The ones who do not worry about pleasing others or fitting in.
  • Inward-facing innovators. People that even though work privately, create extreme impact.

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