The most desired people in the job market? “Glue people.“ | Neil Irwin

June 28th, 2019

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Give yourself the gift of knowledge — subscribe to Big Think Edge: Here's why "glue people" won't get steamrolled by job automation. - In researching his new book "How to Win in a Winner-Take-All World", economics journalist Neil Irwin discovered that what makes people succeed in a highly competitive job market is what he calls being a "glue person." - Glue people are people who pull teams together to make them greater than the sum of their parts. They are typically specialists in one area but can also understand other specializations and communicate across boundaries. - The most natural thing to do is to find one thing you're good at and stick with it. Glue people do the opposite – they stretch themselves. Neil Irwin is a senior economic correspondent at The New York Times, where he was a founding member of The Upshot, the Times’s site for analytical journalism. He was previously the author of The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire, a New York Times bestselling account of the global financial crisis and its aftermath that was short-listed for the McKinsey-Financial Times Business Book of the Year award. His latest book is "How to Win in a Winner-Take-All World: The Definitive Guide to Adapting and Succeeding in High-Performance Careers" If you're interested in licensing this or any other Big Think clip for commercial or private use, contact our licensing partner Executive Interviews: Read more at Follow Big Think here: YouTube: Facebook: Twitter: