The notion of "clevers" in this book is so helpful and quite brilliant/perceptive. The acknowledgement that some peoples' talents are tapped into differently than the majority is extremely important. The modern convention for talent management does not work for the brightest/most creative and ambitious innovators. Adopting a new type of work setup for these individuals only benefits you. I think the book is unknowingly referring to high IQ ADHD people (it gets more uncanny as the book moves along). If so, even more reason why the notions/implications discussed are so crucial to talent management/discovery.
The only issue I had with this book was the presentation style of the message within (yes, it's possible I'm not smart enough to read this book easily). But, it doesn't organize the content in a structured, easy to digest way, in my opinion. In fact, I'd really prefer a more organized audio version, but it doesn't exist. You have to infer or read between the lines too often, or you could miss a point entirely (especially if you struggle with inferring skills). For instance, I prefer to read this sort of book in clearly segmented steps for each point: first state the point clearly, then explain it (quotes for support only, full interviews in back of book), then a short summary, and finally a set of bullets listing main takeaways of the chapter/point. Otherwise, it's like playing where's waldo to get clarity, never quite sure if you understood the intended takeaway or not. I took notes as I went along, and it helped a lot. This is my ONLY complaint about this great book.
I've heard some reviewers say they feel it's outdated material or they didn't enjoy it - However, the concept is very real and important. I think everyone should make an honest effort to read & understand the concepts it is trying to communicate. Especially business folks, and those who manage talent at all levels (the higher the level, the more crucial it is). Glimpses of the future of work structure and innovation are found between the lines of this book...the content is extremely valuable. Please, don't let the format or entertainment factors stop you from reading this message.
- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (25 August 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1422122964
- ISBN-13: 978-1422122969
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.5 x 24.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
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