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Individual high-performing employees are overrated, according to five-time CEO Margaret Heffernan, who denounces workplace superstars in favor of collaborative teams. In this candid, fresh oration, Heffernan calls for the end of “management by talent contest.” getAbstract believes employees will certainly concur with Heffernan’s timely, contrarian message and suggests that employers and executives take note, too.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why it is time for companies to stop pitting employees against one another,
  • What traits high-performing groups share and
  • What leaders can do to enable team members to produce their best work.

About the Speaker

Margaret Heffernan is the former CEO of five companies, including ZineZone and the author of Willful Blindness.



To investigate whether he could increase the productivity of a flock of chickens, evolutionary biologist William Muir bred the most productive chickens in his flock for six successive generations. Yet the resulting “superflock” of high achievers didn’t outperform the average control flock. Rather, the...

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    Great conference about social capital.
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    Andrea Carolina Morales Vivas 3 years ago
    I completely agree with Margaret Heffeman when she argued "Today’s problems need the varied input and energy of many people, not just superchickens"

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