How Would You Move Mount Fuji?

Microsoft's Cult of the Puzzle - How the World's Smartest Companies Select the Most Creative Thinkers

Author: William Poundstone

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0759528020

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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From Wall Street to Silicon Valley, employers are using tough and tricky questions to gauge job candidates' intelligence, imagination, and problem-solving ability -- qualities needed to survive in today's hypercompetitive global marketplace. For the first time, William Poundstone reveals the toughest questions used at Microsoft and other Fortune 500 companies -- and supplies the answers. He traces the rise and controversial fall of employer-mandated IQ tests, the peculiar obsessions of Bill Gates (who plays jigsaw puzzles as a competitive sport), the sadistic mind games of Wall Street (which reportedly led one job seeker to smash a forty-third-story window), and the bizarre excesses of today's hiring managers (who may start off your interview with a box of Legos or a game of virtual Russian roulette). How Would You Move Mount Fuji? is an indispensable book for anyone in business. Managers seeking the most talented employees will learn to incorporate puzzle interviews in their search for the top candidates. Job seekers will discover how to tackle even the most brain-busting questions, and gain the advantage that could win the job of a lifetime. And anyone who has ever dreamed of going up against the best minds in business may discover that these puzzles are simply a lot of fun. Why are beer cans tapered on the end, anyway?

The Truth about Innovation

Author: Max McKeown

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 9780273719120

Category: Business resource

Page: 249

View: 9372


The Truth About Innovation transforms today's most important innovation research into 50 proven "truths". Max Mckeown delivers plain, powerful advice on how to: increase creativity encourage collaboration co-create with customers overcome indifference make ideas into money thrive on change...and much more. This is the definitive, evidence-based guide to innovations - a set of bedrock principles you can rely on, regardless of your organization, role or title. Drawing on over 15 years of the author's research, consulting, training and writing experience, it can transform the way you manage innovation and the results achieved. The Truth About Innovation provides the guidance you need to overcome the innovation-related problems that all managers face and at the same time improve your managerial effectiveness. Part of The Truth About Series, each title covers an entire field of knowledge in a sharp and entertaining way. With approximately 50 honest answers to important questions in every book, you will find yourself thinking 'aha' as you read each page. The Truth and nothing but The Truth.

Algorithmic Puzzles

Author: Anany Levitin,Maria Levitin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199876541

Category: Mathematics

Page: 280

View: 748


While many think of algorithms as specific to computer science, at its core algorithmic thinking is defined by the use of analytical logic to solve problems. This logic extends far beyond the realm of computer science and into the wide and entertaining world of puzzles. In Algorithmic Puzzles, Anany and Maria Levitin use many classic brainteasers as well as newer examples from job interviews with major corporations to show readers how to apply analytical thinking to solve puzzles requiring well-defined procedures. The book's unique collection of puzzles is supplemented with carefully developed tutorials on algorithm design strategies and analysis techniques intended to walk the reader step-by-step through the various approaches to algorithmic problem solving. Mastery of these strategies--exhaustive search, backtracking, and divide-and-conquer, among others--will aid the reader in solving not only the puzzles contained in this book, but also others encountered in interviews, puzzle collections, and throughout everyday life. Each of the 150 puzzles contains hints and solutions, along with commentary on the puzzle's origins and solution methods. The only book of its kind, Algorithmic Puzzles houses puzzles for all skill levels. Readers with only middle school mathematics will develop their algorithmic problem-solving skills through puzzles at the elementary level, while seasoned puzzle solvers will enjoy the challenge of thinking through more difficult puzzles.

Chemistry Education

Best Practices, Opportunities and Trends

Author: Javier García-Martínez,Elena Serrano-Torregrosa

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 3527679324

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 792

View: 2866


Winner of the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2017 Award This comprehensive collection of top-level contributions provides a thorough review of the vibrant field of chemistry education. Highly-experienced chemistry professors and education experts cover the latest developments in chemistry learning and teaching, as well as the pivotal role of chemistry for shaping a more sustainable future. Adopting a practice-oriented approach, the current challenges and opportunities posed by chemistry education are critically discussed, highlighting the pitfalls that can occur in teaching chemistry and how to circumvent them. The main topics discussed include best practices, project-based education, blended learning and the role of technology, including e-learning, and science visualization. Hands-on recommendations on how to optimally implement innovative strategies of teaching chemistry at university and high-school levels make this book an essential resource for anybody interested in either teaching or learning chemistry more effectively, from experience chemistry professors to secondary school teachers, from educators with no formal training in didactics to frustrated chemistry students.

How to Ace the Brainteaser Interview

Author: John Kador

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 239

View: 7100


As if job interviews weren't intimidating enough, a number of the most desirable companies are raising the ante. Instead of "Tell us about yourself" or "What is your biggest weakness?" applicants are confronted by challenges such as: Why are beer cans tapered on the ends? How many piano tuners are there in the world? How many ping pong balls can you stuff into a Boeing 747? Design a bathroom for the CEO of the company. If you could remove any one of the 50 US states, which would you select and why? What are the interviewers looking for? In general, they want insights into how you think and how creative you are. Can you articulate a problem in a creative way? Can you shift your point of view so you think outside the box? Can you outline a logical procedure for estimating an answer? Can you defend the answer against objections? Only by evaluating your responses will the interviewer be able to determine what sets you apart from the rest, and, perhaps more importantly, how well you respond to unusual or unexpected business situations.; Acing such interviews requires a new mindset. It's not about right and wrong. The obvious answers are generally the least desirable (and generally wrong!). Today, success requires outrageous mental leaps, enormous confidence, and taking risks. These are the challenges that the best companies use to separate the best from the good. Can you measure up and make the cut? This book will help you. This book is a how-to for job applicants who want to be prepared for a line of think-on-your feet creativity stumpers currently in vogue by a number of companies determined to select the best employees in today's incredibly competitive job market. A number of articles, books, and broadcasts indicate that many employers in search of the "Right Stuff" are throwing out traditional questions in favor of problem-solving queries.; Their goal is to seek out talented individuals who are not only smart but can think on their feet. Kador takes an in-depth look at the variety of challenges an applicant can expect to be asked in addition to offering proven strategies for knocking them out of the park. The main part of the book will give readers the inside track on the most popular such questions and what interviewers are looking for. A section of the book will allow readers to test their creativity against a set of new brain teasers and off-the-wall questions.


For Your Improvement : a Guide for Development and Coaching

Author: Michael M. Lombardo,Robert W. Eichinger

Publisher: N.A


Category: Career development

Page: 580

View: 4783


"For learners, managers, mentors, and feedback givers."

The Writers Directory 2008

Author: Michelle Kazensky

Publisher: Saint James Press

ISBN: 9781558626003

Category: Authors

Page: 2501

View: 5443


Features bibliographical, biographical and contact information for living authors worldwide who have at least one English publication. Entries include name, pseudonyms, addresses, citizenship, birth date, specialization, career information and a bibliography.