chapter 1

Is managing talent important?

Companies like to promote the idea that employees are their biggest source of competitive advantage. Yet the astonishing reality is that most of them are as unprepared for the challenge of finding, motivating, and retaining capable workers as they were a decade ago.

Matthew Guthridge, Asmus B. Komm and Emily Lawson McKinsey Quarterly, January 2008

Is managing talent important? No, it’s absolutely critical. People really are a company’s most important asset. As a manager, what are you doing to uncover and develop the talent in your organization? Do you know who your Best people are? Do you know who your Best people could be? Do your people know what they need to do to be most effective in their jobs? ...

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