Is Your Company Heading for Talent Bankruptcy?

“If businesses managed their money as carelessly as they managed their people, most would be bankrupt.” That’s how Bill Conaty and Ram Charan start their recent book “Talent Masters: Why Smart Leaders Put People Before Numbers”. And it’s hard to argue with them. Depending upon where you work, it will be true to varying degrees. But there certainly aren’t many places where it isn’t true at all. So how did…

Succession Planning, Part 2: Remaining Basic Steps

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In the month since my post about Basic Steps for Effective Succession Planning, global economic issues have continued to ripple onto our shores, as we wrestle with our own economic concerns. Now more than ever, companies need great talent to lead them effectively, and smart leaders are doing all they can (as they did during better times) to ensure that they have a continuous supply of great talent. In this…

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…
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