Summary of The Talent Solution

Aligning Strategy and People to Achieve Extraordinary Results

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The Talent Solution book summary
If knowledge workers are the critical asset of the 21st century company, then recruiting, motivating and managing knowledge workers are the most essential skills. Learn how here.


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Your strategic planning must incorporate the people who work for you, says author Edward L. Gubman in a book that gets high marks for its easy, bullet-point organization, but scores in the middle of the curve in terms of originality. Grubman preaches that you must create a strategic alliance between your company’s mission and competencies and the people who work there. Then, he describes how to motivate and involve people, and finally how to assess their performance. He uses research examples and starts each chapter with a bullet-point summary of key information. The book includes questions to ask yourself, and many useful charts and summary lists. However, the theoretical discussion of how to engage and reward employees seems oddly dry and analytical for a how-to guide on how to motivate and excite people. The areas of job matching, motivation, and assessment have been covered in many other books, but recommends Gubman’s authoritative approach to these topics.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why attracting and keeping talented employees is a bigger challenge than ever;
  • What the three key steps to managing talent are; and
  • Why employees want open lines of communication to management and executives.


People Who Need People
Getting the right people to work in your organization is more critical now than ever, because the global search for talent has become even more competitive. The workforce is growing, but the pool of skilled talent is not growing quickly enough to fill the slots available...
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About the Author

Edward L. Gubman, Ph.D., is leads Hewitt Associates’ Organizational Effectiveness consulting practice. Hewitt Associates is a global management consulting firm with more than 2,800 clients around the world. Gubman consults with leading employers in aligning business, organizational, and workforce strategies. He has published numerous articles on organizational performance and people management. He has appeared on CNN, and is often quoted by leading business publications.

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