When I Have Time by Sara Rosso

Photo from Stephen DepoloI’m a big fan of podcasts, and I’ve talked about how I like HBR’s Idea Cast as a great mix of ideas across business, productivity, and management.

Their recent episode #426, How Google Manages Talent, was a chat with Eric Schmidt, executive chairman, and Jonathan Rosenberg, former SVP of products, who explained how the company manages their smart, creative team, and most importantly, how they set it up to succeed through hiring.

It’s a good interview about finding and recognizing talent while interviewing, but it touches upon something I’ve always debated within myself: the struggle to be a specialist or a generalist.

I found it interesting that at Google they are looking for ‘learning animals’ or generalists when I think the general perception is they are a company full of specialists:

Fundamentally, we’re focused on learning animals or generalists as opposed to specialists. And the main reason is that when you’re…

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