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Talent, Passion, and the Creativity MazeMarch 10, 2012


By Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer

We live in a world mad for talent. From Hollywood and sports to executive search firms and HR departments around the globe, everyone seeks that special mix of natural abilities and attitudes that will make performance pop. A few months ago, Douglas Conant wrote a terrific blog post on how to find talented candidates for a job. When evaluating a potential hire, Conant looks for a strong mix of three qualities – competence, character, and skill as a team player. He gives great advice on how to find such a person. But he’s missing a crucial ingredient.