“I would rather hire a high-level World of Warcraft player than an MBA from Harvard.”, states learning expert John Seely Brown.
Though his initial statement sounds ridiculous, his logic is spot on and sound**. There’s a lot to be gained from hiring people who are trained to manage uncertainty, who quantify risk, who fail fast and cheap then iterate, who self-organize to achieve goals, who go on 48 hour Red Bull and take-out food benders without showering. OK, maybe not the last one.
**However, I’d rather hire a high-level WoW playing Wharton MBA.