Not Your Father’s War for Talent

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In the late 90’s, the War for Talent meant companies’ demand for capable employees outstripped the available supply, in part because the growth in the economy was accelerating demand.  Now, we still have a war for talent, but it’s due more to supply side issues, specifically a lack of supply, which is chilling, given our meager economic growth.  ACT, the college test company, recently reported “Only 39 percent of ACT-tested…

Is Failure Truly Not an Option?

“If an educated work force is the nation’s human capital, business is seeing a lot of subprime these days.” – from An Educated Workforce, Wall Street Journal, November 23, 2009 Recently the Wall Street Journal invited top CEOs and policy makers to Washington to discuss critical issues facing the United States. According to John Chambers, Chairman and CEO of Cisco Systems, and a Co-Chair of the assembled task force on…