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The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age | [Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, Chris Yeh]

The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age

The employer-employee relationship is broken, and managers face a seemingly impossible dilemma: the old model of guaranteed long-term employment no longer works in a business environment defined by continuous change, but neither does a system in which every employee acts like a free agent. The solution? Stop thinking of employees as either family or free agents. Think of them instead as allies.
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Publisher's Summary

Introducing the new, realistic loyalty pact between employer and employee.

The employer-employee relationship is broken, and managers face a seemingly impossible dilemma: the old model of guaranteed long-term employment no longer works in a business environment defined by continuous change, but neither does a system in which every employee acts like a free agent.

The solution? Stop thinking of employees as either family or free agents. Think of them instead as allies.

As a manager you want your employees to help transform the company for the future. And your employees want the firm to help transform their careers. But this win-win scenario will only happen if both sides trust each other enough to commit to mutual investment and mutual benefit. Sadly, trust in the business world is hovering at an all-time low.

We can rebuild that lost trust with straight talk that recognizes the realities of the modern economy. So paradoxically, the alliance begins with managers acknowledging that great employees might leave the company, and with employees being honest about their own career aspirations.

By putting this new alliance at the heart of your talent-management strategy, you'll not only bring back trust, you'll be able to recruit and retain the entrepreneurial individuals you need to adapt to a fast-changing world.

These individuals - flexible, creative, and with a bias toward action - thrive when they're on a specific "tour of duty", when they have a mission that's mutually beneficial to employee and company that can be completed in a realistic period of time.

Coauthored by the founder of LinkedIn, this bold but practical guide for managers and executives will give you the tools you need to recruit, manage, and retain the kind of employees who will make your company thrive in today's world of constant innovation and fast-paced change.

©2014 Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, and Chris Yeh (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    MC 06-24-15
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    Overall good quick read, but would have preferred if the reader had explained the diagrams and tables as they came up in text rather than all at the end.

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    Duncan Rarity 05-17-15 Member Since 2012
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    What made the experience of listening to The Alliance the most enjoyable?

    I am an executive with a start-up aligned to developing with Force.com, the Salesforce.com related development platform. Reading Alliance was like a guide book for our challenge in finding, engaging and keeping great talent. Many of the ideas mentioned relate directly to our maturing HR approach to talent management. Great read, Great suggestions. Act and make it happen adapting to your firm's culture and direction. DR


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    Relevance to our firm's situation


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    Segregating the roles and growth pathways for all.


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    Read and take action.

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    Timothy G. Wenhold Collegeville, PA USA 04-28-15
    Timothy G. Wenhold Collegeville, PA USA 04-28-15 Member Since 2014

    Leadership in the service of others, to inspire innovative thoughts & actions, to 'connect the dots' & create our future, this is my crusade

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    "The Life time employment alternative"

    The alliance frame work as proposed in this book is the perfect solution for today's talent starved companies. The alliance offers both the company and employee an opportunity to forge a relationship that will last a life time.

    This book is transformation and provides clear direction for achieving lasting alliances.

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