Most of the time you fall into a YouTube black hole, you’re watching videos of cats, movie trailers, late night talk show clips, or some other hilarious but useless nonsense. That's me most of the time, but last week I found myself watching a whole lot of recruiting and talent management videos.
After the first handful, I thought to myself: “Hey, some of these have been really interesting--maybe I should share them!” So, after sorting the wheat from the chaff, here are seven intriguing, educational, and fun talks about the world of hiring, recruiting, and talent.
Speakers range from former Google Senior VP of People Laszlo Bock, famed entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk, a16z founder and partner Ben Horowitz, author Malcolm Gladwell and even a very young Steve Jobs. The clips range in length from just a few minutes up to a half hour, but each includes fascinating insights, ideas, and takeaways that will benefit every talent pro, no matter how long you’ve been in the game.
The First Quality I Look for When I’m Hiring (2 minutes)
A short but gloriously profane clip of marketing guru and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk explaining the most important things he looks for when he’s hiring someone.
Three Basic Principles of Talent Management (2.5 minutes)A brief but fun animated look at the fundamentals of talent management. Veteran HR pro Regine Hartley talks about the difference between what The Silver Spoon vs. The Scrapper (people who had advantages versus people who had to fight to get where they are) and why scrappers often make the best hires.
This fun interview with the original Apple team about how they first went about interviewing people to work on the team. Note the enthusiasm and passion every member of the team has for their work.
Former Google senior vice president of people, Laszlo Bock, chats with KPCB partner Beth Seidenberg about how to hire and retain talent the “Google way”.
Best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell offers an insightful look at the biggest challenges facing hiring and recruiting in the modern world.
Andreessen Horowitz partner Ben Horowitz talks about what is and is not culture, and what everyone can learn from the Haitian revolutionary Toussaint Louverture--leader of the only successful slave revolution in history--about how to create strong organizations no matter the circumstance.