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How talented are you at spotting talent?

“You can help the world a great deal by being a better judge of talent.” So say Tyler Cowen and Daniel Gross in their new book, Talent: How to Identify Energizers, Creatives, and Winners Around the World.

Cowen (a well-known writer and economics professor) and Gross (an entrepreneur and investor, and no relation to the Daniel Gross who edits strategy+business) believe that the most valuable and least understood resource necessary for dynamic growth today is talent—untapped potential of smart individuals with a natural capacity for self-improvement. And that this vital mojo is often obscured by what they identify as today’s prevailing bureaucratic approach to spotting high-potential employees, which relies upon safe, unimaginative, and ultimately stifling methods.

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