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The War for Talent Hardcover – October 1, 2001
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Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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Conceptually excellent. The value is in how you implement the recommendations - which is where you will find this book wanting.
If you get nothing else out of this book, the quote from Dee Hock (founder of Visa) will make it worth buying:
"Hire and promote first on the basis of integrity; second motivation; third capacity; fourth understanding; fifth knowledge; and last and least, experience.
Without integrity, motivation is dangerous; without motivation, capacity is impotent; without capacity, understanding is limited; without understanding, knowledge is meaningless; without knowledge, experience is blind."
Having worked for one of our illustrious big banks that basically failed in 2009 I can attest to the same cynical non-sense going on in our zoo as what may have occurred at Enron. By that I mean the endless shifting of the top managers regardless or experience or job skills into positions of responsibility. Ultimately a lack of accountability fails big companies far quicker than settling for pluggers over shooting stars. What is talent if not discipline, hard work, team work, humility and focus? I just don't see any of that covered here. These same consultants polluted my company for years getting into the ears of insecure senior managers that used the rest of as guinea pigs. I cannot think of one of the 8-10 programs launched by consultants that did anything but disrupt the company and hinder performance.
This book? Seems like it entertained some readers which is fine. But for serious management study it think it should be avoided.
Produced by three consultants from McKinsey & Company, "The War for Talent" is based on five years of in-depth research on how companies manage leadership talent. [The research is explained in the book.] From what they learned from surveys of 13,000 executives at more than 120 leading companies and 27 case studies, the authors propose a talent-based approach to recruiting and holding management employees. The concept is simple: emphasize a deep conviction that competitive advantage comes from having better talent at all levels. Execution of that talent is more difficult, requiring total commitment and consistent action on the part of all leaders throughout the organization.
The authors have limited their focus to managerial talent, ignoring the tremendous contribution made by non-management employees. Their contention is that if you have highly talented managers, everything else will work just fine. I had a problem with that concept, feeling that it takes strong talent at all levels to achieve corporate success. As I read the book, I found myself mentally extending the authors' approaches and recommendations to all workers.
The book begins, aptly enough, with a chapter explaining the War for Talent. Wake-up call statements include recognition from 99% of the companies surveyed that their managerial talent pool needs to be much stronger in three years.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this to use in my Dissertation research and I am glad I did it. The book is in perfect conditions.Published on May 24, 2013 by Manoela
The book offers an interesting perspective on the evolution of talent over the past century. The managers illustrate how competitive advantage has shifted from a focus on hard... Read morePublished on June 1, 2012 by Steve Keifer
Talent is now a critical driver of corporate performance;
a company's ability to attract, develop and retain
talent has not ceased to be important in the current... Read more
Great book, I recommend it for anyone who is in Human Resource management. It will change the way you think about running your organization.Published on July 5, 2007 by Lisiana Dutka
The War for Talent is a great book for the leaders of an organization to read. Why? They are the ones who can affect the culture of the organization. Read morePublished on October 22, 2003 by Bill Humbert
This book is a good theory and in an ideal world it would all work out that way: the highly talented and highly skilled would get the promotions, good jobs, and plum assisgnments. Read morePublished on May 8, 2003
I recommend this book highly for anyone who works in or owns a business. The information contained here is not original in concept, as many of the concepts can be found in (not... Read morePublished on July 1, 2002 by Michael Erisman