IDEO Founder David Kelley suggests avoiding conventional approaches to hiring employees and building teams. In this clip, Kelley offers a few suggestions: 1) Hire individuals or non-confomists to stimulate the organization, 2) Hire a diverse range of experts and generalists from different fields, and 3) Form "hot groups" of 8-12 people for maximum impact. Kelley also encourages building close ties to universities to source potential staff. To Kelley, an ideal hire interacts well with established staff and demonstrates an "attitude of wisdom" that strikes a balance between the ability to promote ideas and the ability to consider feedback.
Challenge yourself against better players and you'll become star of the team. Google's Vice President of Location and Local Services, Marissa Mayer, reflects on her personal experience working with some of the finest talent in high-tech, and points out that working with the best empowers each player to excel.
NVIDIA Founder Jensen Huang emphasizes hiring employees is a company choice. With highly skilled engineers everywhere, the choice of who to hire can come down to the personalities and motivations of the candidates. Each employee will become part of a larger team and must mesh with company culture.