Salary, Benefits, Bonus … and Being

To find (and keep) top talent, you need to support who people are as well as what they do.

I’m at the 2015 Milken Global Conference in the upscale Beverly Hilton, joining my fellow panelists in the green room to put our mics on for our session. Set on the left coast, the Milken Conference has a different zeitgeist than the global confabs held around the Atlantic. A countercultural Cali vibe survives here, expressed in mashup sessions like “Philanthropy, Technology, Celebrity and Marketing.” Our panel, entitled “Values, Human Capital and Corporate Performance,” is no different.

The panelists are discussing a shift in the values and expectations of today’s best employees. When I graduated ...

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