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Drew Conry-Murray
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7/7/2014 | 10:42:40 AM
Re: Talent Is Everywhere
That's a good point. There's still a role for imagination and ideas, not just number-crunching and metrics. If you can combine the two, it could be really powerful. Imagination is also important because once every team in the league brings in the stats nerds, you lose some of that first-mover advantage.
Lenny Heymann
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7/3/2014 | 4:56:58 PM
Re: Talent Is Everywhere
The Indians are obviously taking a "Moneyball" apporoach but they're not getting Moneyball - Oakland A's - results. While A's GM Billy Beane was one of the first to latch on to an analytics approach to evaluating talent (ironically enabled in part by a Harvard-educated economist he hired away from Cleveland), it was his instinct and creativity that let him see there was another way to run a baseball team.


While Shapiro's list for evaluating prospects is a solid double, i wish he'd also call out imagination. We can always use more of that in the technology ranks. Business leaders are rooting for IT to swing for the fences and bring home creative solutions.
jjessup570
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7/3/2014 | 2:45:46 PM
Meaning is Key!
I love this blog! The requirements can be helpful to anyone looking to bring in new talent that is eager and likely to help drive business forward. I especially like the fourth baseline requirement - meaning. I think it is so true - most of us want to feel connected to the bigger picture and know we are making an impact. 
Drew Conry-Murray
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Drew Conry-Murray,
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7/1/2014 | 4:03:30 PM
Talent Is Everywhere
Another interesting point Shapiro made is how they look for talent all over. For instance, they found a blogger who wrote really intelligently about baseball stats. He turned out to be a college student at Columbia, so they offered him a string of summer internships, which eventually it turned into a full-time position.


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