Managing Talent in the Networked Age
Introducing the new,realistic loyalty pact between employer and employee.
The employer-employee relationship is broken, andmanagers face a seemingly impossible dilemma: the old model of guaranteedlong-term employment no longer works in a business environment defined bycontinuous change, but neither does a system in which every employee acts likea free agent.
The solution? Stop thinking of employees as eitherfamily or free agents. Think of them instead as allies.
As a manager you want your employees to helptransform the company for the future. And your employees want the firm to helptransform their careers. But this win-win scenario will onlyhappen if both sides trust each other enough to commit to mutual investment andmutual benefit. Sadly, trust in the business world is hovering at an all-timelow.
We can rebuild that lost trust with straight talkthat recognizes the realities of the modern economy. So paradoxically, thealliance begins with managers acknowledging that great employees might leavethe company, and with employees being honest about their own careeraspirations.
By putting this new alliance at the heart of yourtalent-management strategy, you’ll not only bring back trust, you’ll be able torecruit and retain the entrepreneurial individuals you need to adapt to afast-changing world.
These individuals—flexible, creative, and with abias toward action—thrive when they’re on a specific “tour of duty,” when theyhave a mission that’s mutually beneficial to employee and company that can becompleted in a realistic period of time.
Coauthored by the founder of LinkedIn, this bold butpractical guide for managers and executives will give you the tools you need torecruit, manage, and retain the kind of employees who will make your companythrive in today’s world of constant innovation and fast-paced change.
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