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The Human Equity Advantage: Beyond Diversity to Talent Optimization by Trevor Wilson

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Chapter 6

The Shape of Talent

We need someone who is genetically programmed to recognize and avoid serious risks, including those never before encountered. Temperament, independent thinking, emotional stability and a keen understanding of both human and institutional behavior are also important. I've seen a lot of very educated people who have lacked these virtues.

—Warren Buffett1

Earlier in this book I wrote that if diversity is to evolve to human equity—that is, optimizing on all the tangible and intangible assets people bring to the world of work—we need to move beyond a group focus to the individual. Among those “intangibles,” we could list a person's attitude, his or her life experiences, and virtues such as optimism (remember the story ...

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