“Most of these folks are non-conformists. Sometimes when you hire people who have to pass a Mr. Congeniality test, you end up losing some of the non-conformists who will give you different views and perspectives… Fact: Funny people tend to be more creative than unfunny people.”
Who said it: Nolan Bushnell, serial entrepreneur, writer, Silicon Valley legend
Context: The quote is from a new book by Nolan Bushnell, Finding the Next Steve Jobs: How to Find, Hire, Keep and Nurture Creative Talent, the founder of Atari and Chuck E Cheese restaurant chain, among other ventures. He describes how to attract the kind of talent that enable companies to grow, remain agile, and adapt in today’s fiercely competitive business environment. His advice is unconventional and inspiring.
Bushnell writes, “When looking for employees, ignore credentials. Hire the obnoxious (in limited numbers). Demand a list of favorite books. Ask unanswerable questions. Comb through tweets. Just because you’ve hired creatives doesn’t mean you’ll keep them. Once you have them, isolate them. Celebrate their failures. Encourage ADHD. Ply them with toys. Encourage them to make decisions by throwing dice. Invent haphazard holidays. Let them sleep.”
Bushnell has been inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame and the Consumer Electronics Association Hall of Fame, received the BAFTA Fellowship, and was named one of Newsweek’s “50 Men Who Changed America.” He’s a frequent subject of media coverage and was prominently featured in Walter Isaacson’s bestselling book, Steve Jobs. (Image source: BAFTA)
Where we found it: Amazon.com Book Excerpt