Chapter 9

The Talent Quest

Talent is the engine of the enterprise. More than the right seat on the bus, it is matching real output with company needs in real time. Change now requires broadly skilled individuals playing on broadly skilled teams to surf the tsunami of change that swirls about us even now.

Before you assume that “talent” is something that only big firms do, consider this: The Wall Street Journal reported on January 31, 2018, that Amazon, JPMorgan Chase, and Berkshire Hathaway “plan to form a company to reduce their workers’ health costs.”1 Instead of emphasizing the technical approaches one would expect from such firms, Berkshire chairman Warren Buffett said they believe “putting our collective resources behind the country's best ...

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