Usain Bolt is possibly the most fascinating athlete in sports. His body is just wrong for running sprints. He’s too tall.
And yet some coach decided to overlook his body type and records fell by the way-side. So much so, that I have to believe that coaches all over the world are now looking for tall not short sprinters.
I recently saw this post float by twitter on secretly terrible engineers. The general thrust of the article was that perhaps the interview process was profoundly broken in some way.
And then there was this interesting follow up on grey beards and the use of questions that only a college grad would be familiar with as a way to not hire grey beards and way to find out who is ‘old’ without asking their age…
And I thought about money ball … In money ball, Billy Beane basically questions the way in which we select people to make up baseball teams and thereby radically transforms the sport of baseball opening it up to players that we would never have considered in the past.
The current recruiting system is running up against a brick wall of supply. At this point in time we simply don’t have enough people graduating with advanced degrees in CS. As Kate Heddleston puts it so well … we are running out of people who can go do the 100m dash who fit the 100m dash profile.
I really do believe that there will be a strategic advantage for the first tech company to figure this out. This being the ability to recruit people who do not fit the 100m dash profile. They will be able to recruit more people, more efficiently and get more out of them than any other company. Unlike outsourcing that was driven by cost and therefore easy to replicate, I truly believe that this will be disruptive in a way that we can’t imagine. The way you hire, promote, reward and train people will be different. I wish I could tell you what it was, but as a beneficiary of the current system I don’t know and can’t imagine. I just know it will be different.
My only hope is that I will be able to adapt and not be like those short guys watching this tall dude blow past me…