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We are Big Idea Hunters…

We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

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Hiring Leadership

The Big Idea for Saturday, August 02, 2014

Know how to spot a leader? Perhaps the job candidate is the insightful and decisive person whom your company needs. Don't forget to also screen for cultural compatibility.

William Clemens, of the leading recruitment firm Spencer Stuart, sees culture as the key to hiring success. “The culture of the team and how it comes together, and how they fit together on the broader context of the organization and its goals, is incredibly important,” he explains. “The data has shown recently that our executives that we place, if they fail – which very rarely they do of course – it's because of the fact that they didn’t fit in culturally.”

Today's big idea helps you hire the best leaders for your company.


  1. 1 How to Choose the Right Leader
    Big Think Editors Big Think Edge
  2. 2 The Rules Have Changed
    Daniel Burrus Flash Foresights from Daniel Burrus
  3. 3 Learn from Plato
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  4. 4 The New Tao of Leadership
    Jason Gots Think Tank

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