Episode 6: Malcolm Gladwell on fixing the flawed talent discovery system

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The big question: Talent exists in every zip code – so why isn’t opportunity there, too? How can business leaders better understand the answer to this question to address their talent shortage?

“...What percentage of people with a given ability are allowed to exploit that ability to use it? ... I think we assume we’re pretty efficient on that, that we manage to find most of the people who are good at X. But every time you do any kind of examination of this, you discover the exact opposite.” 

Malcolm Gladwell, Author of five New York Times bestsellers
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Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell, Author of five New York Times bestsellers

Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five New York Times bestsellers, including The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, Talking to Strangers, and The Bomber Mafia. He is the co-founder and president of Pushkin Industries, an audiobook and podcast production company that produces the podcasts Revisionist History, Against the Rules with Michael Lewis, The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos, and Broken Record.

Rachel Romer

Guild CEO

Rachel Romer is Guild’s CEO — a Public Benefit Corporation that provides employees of America’s largest companies access to education, skilling, and career mobility through their employers without paying for tuition or career services on their own.


Adam Grant

NYT Best-Selling Author of Think Again

Adam Grant is an organizational psychologist and bestselling author who explores the science of motivation, generosity, original thinking, and rethinking. ​He is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 5 books that have sold millions of copies and been translated into 45 languages: Think Again, Give and Take, Originals, Option B, and Power Moves.


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