Power Players are closet nerds. Anyone with real Power usually is. This is why Power Players recruit other nerds.
Why? Because they’re smart (and usually funny – or at least dry)… Nerds are high achievers. They are also unable to walk away from a job until it’s done, perfectly.
Power Players are also careful to recruit out-of-the-closet nerds. These are the ones who don’t try to be cool for fear of exclusion from the cool kids table. They wear their Star Trek T-shirts openly and they have a full set of West Wing DVDs and the lone series of Studio 60.
When you find yourself in a position to hire talent, go for the out-of-the-closet nerd. I promise you, they’ll save your sanity and your reputation and they’ll do everything they can to fix whatever problem comes their way.
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One nerd is worth five regular people. Trust me. Power Players know this and they keep a nerd file in their desk in case a position comes up. You should do the same.