What Thought Leaders Are Saying

According to research and industry leaders, the most predictive trait of successful hires is meta-learning—the drive and ability to learn new skills. This meta-trait consists of traits such as curiosity, persistence, initiative, and leadership.

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Most hiring optimizes for role tenure and prioritizes short-term outcomes, but meta-learning beats tenure almost every time and delivers greater long-term value. A track record of rigorous learning throughout one’s career, whether as a specializing generalist or generalizing specialist, most clearly demonstrates this trait.

Together, we call them Generalists - masters of the #1 predictive trait of successful hires.