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The Talent Solution

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The Talent Solution

Aligning Strategy and People to Achieve Extraordinary Results


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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 motivating people. The areas of job matching, motivation, and assessment have been covered in many other books, but getAbstract recommends Gubman’s authoritative approach to these topics.


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 worldwide. Thus, finding top-flight talent takes even longer, and keeping good people is even more difficult.

Given this high-level of competition for top employees, the companies that get and keep good people are more effective at creating an attractive work environment, selecting the right candidates and getting them to do their best work. To be one of these companies, you have to know how to manage talent, since people are the "ultimate source of all information, service and added knowledge" in an information-based economy.

Most executives still focus on short-term financial goals or operational improvements, but you should focus on long-term value creation, which, in turn, requires focusing on people. With this focus, you can create an environment in which satisfied employees want to satisfy customers. This is critical, because customers build value. One of the reasons...

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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