- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 3 hours and 9 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: July 8, 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LI0CHRA
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The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age Audible – Unabridged
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The ideas are expounded upon a bit more in this book, but I think they stayed too high level to be that much more valuable than the blog. The other issue I had was that I thought the writing plugged LinkedIn too much. 'LinkedIn' seems to appear on almost every other page, and this got really annoying about a third of the way through the book.
Though it is not very long, you may have a better experience not reading every word and just skimming through each chapter. Overall, more disappointed than not.
It is this lack of trust that "The Alliance" seeks to alleviate through a simple brilliant idea: employers and employees should be honest about the transitory nature of jobs and look at them as "Tours of Duty" where an employer gets something concrete accomplished for the company while the employee gets an experience that will help them develop their careers. In short, employer and employee form an alliance. Through this experience, everyone gets what they want, and on top of that, everyone is left happier.
It's a brilliant idea that seems highly relevant to American society. This book is worth reading just to get a good understanding of this simple idea. Unfortunately, there isn't all that much other than this idea in the book. It feels like it could have been published as a Kindle Single. Overall, an excellent, if quick, read.
The Alliance is a book that, within its simple prose, ostensibly advocates for a reworking of what the authors present as the current model of the employer-employee relationship. The authors presume the present relationship is comprised of “free-agent” employees constantly seeking better opportunities within the context of instability due to an “at will” employment environment, which employers utilize to maintain flexibility and adaptability in an increasingly competitive environment. The authors contrast the present work environment with a vaguely defined “traditional model of lifetime employment” in which employers provided lifetime employment, and in return employees maintained their loyalty to the employer. Needless to say, to the extent lifetime employment regime has existed in the past, it did so in a very limited, post-World War II time period.
As the authors see it, the problem is that the present work environment has resulted in eroding trust by employees of employer management, with the attendant loss of employee loyalty to the organization. The authors think the issue of loyalty so important, they emphasize the following twice; “A business without loyalty is a business without long-term thinking. A business without long-term thinking is a business that’s unable to invest in the future. And a business that isn’t investing in tomorrow’s opportunities and technologies – well, that’s a company already in the process of dying.” (Hoffman at 7 and 153.)
II. Proposed Framework
The tool with which to effectuate the authors’ framework is the “tour of duty.Read more ›
The authors attack the tired concept that a business is like a "family" by, in my opinion, more accurately analogizing the relationship to that of an alliance. The employer and employee are allies initially, and perhaps the alliance will continue for a long time, but the alliance will change with time. Indeed, the authors argue that the alliance may continue after the employer-employee relationship has ended. They present examples (e.g., alumni groups) of how this might work. I was also impressed with the authors' emphasis on the ethical dimensions of an alliance. Lifetime employment may be rare, but long-term relationships may still be formed.
Social media's integration into the alliance will undoubtedly occur. The authors suggest some ways to do so. This process will probably require more management attention than anticipated.
I am in higher education and the prescriptions of the authors will not apply there as completely as it might to high tech and other businesses. However, for me, the book inspired consideration of how some of its ideas might be applied in my world. I recommend it.
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Highly recommend all leaders, managers of companies read. Will change the relationship of employees and managers forever. Very fast read. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Thad Zylka
A great read and I would recommend to anyone looking to build amazing teams at their companies, or people interested in learning how their career can be grow from joining teams at... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ryan J Williams
The Alliance proposes a "new" perspective on employment relationships. It deals with three broad areas:
1. employment as a tour of duty.
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Ran out of steam about 2/3rds of the way through but good concepts nonetheless. I'm impressed by Reid's highly evolved view of alumni and wish my employer had the same perspective.Published 4 months ago by D. Coles
This book was recommended to me by a colleague who said it completely changed his mindset with how he approached moving into a new role at work, and also how he looked at hiring a... Read morePublished 5 months ago by JB
I always love Reid Hoffman. He looks like an adorable teddy bear. His insight into business is wonderful. I would recommend his other books also.Published 5 months ago by Matt Wang
Excellent book. Everyone in company management should read it. Most of all, The Young Turks with entrepreneurial aspirations and anyone going to graduate school for business.Published 5 months ago by Joseph Simiriglio