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Talent. Making People Your Competitive Advantage

  • ID: 2326871
  • Book
  • May 2008
  • 304 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Praise for Talent

"Ed Lawler, a pioneer in unveiling the importance of human capital, shows how top–performing companies make people their competitive advantage and challenges us all to take current best practices to the next level."
Bob Eckert, chairman and CEO, Mattel, Inc.

"Ed Lawler′s operative phrase, ′obsessed with talent,′ is the cornerstone of this book. When competitive improvement demands differentiation via human endeavors in technology, innovation, and service, individuals and collective talent deliver results. There is art and science to having the right talent at the right time for any and all circumstances. Ed has articulated the mindset, methodologies, and practices that ensure success."
John D. Hofmeister, president, Shell Oil Company

"Lawler′s Talent is a must–read. It shows how to develop leaders at all levels who are smarter and more competitive every day. He provides us with a practical guide to building human–centric, winning organizations."
Noel Tichy, coauthor (with Warren Bennis) of Judgment: How Winning Leaders Make Great Calls, and professor, Ross School of Business, the University of Michigan

"Talent does a terrific job of examining the fundamental question about human capital centric organizations: Do highly talented people build highly effective organizations, or vice versa? This book shows us why the answer is ′yes′ and ′yes′!"
Ian Ziskin, corporate vice president, and chief human resource and administrative officer, Northrupp Grumman Corporation

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Foreword (Dave Ulrich).


1 Talent Matters.

2 Making the Right Management Choice.

3 Designing Organizations.

4 Managing Talent.

5 Managing Performance.

6 Information and Decision Making.

7 Reinventing HR.

8 Governing Corporations.

9 Leading.

10 Managing Change.




The Author.


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Edward E. Lawler III
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