PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

This book is about the central role that workforce strategy plays in the successful execution of your organization’s strategy. In our experience, most firms don’t really have a workforce strategy. They have talent initiatives and broad expressions that “people are their most important asset,” and they can usually point to programs that reflect their investments in people. What’s missing is the kind of focus—what we call workforce differentiation—in these efforts that results in clear and demonstrable strategic impact. To put it bluntly, the problem is that most of these initiatives begin with people, rather than with strategy.

This book puts strategy first using your workforce strategy to drive your organizational ...

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