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Posts Tagged ‘Talent Wars’

MARKETER’S TOOLBOX | Looking for that Marketing Rockstar? Stop Looking, and Make One Yourself.

July 6th, 2017

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Keith Kennedy

Associate, Director of Marketing

STUDIOS Architecture

Keith Kennedy

Everyone—from principal to marketing team lead—seems to be looking for that one-in-a-million “rockstar.” I mean, who isn’t these days? But everyone seems to think they have to find someone who is already that rockstar. As early as 2014, Linda Hill, Harvard Business School professor, and Claudio Fernández-Aráoz, senior adviser at Egon Zehnder, noted in an interview that the future of talent wars depends on potential. Yet, when I talk to fellow hiring managers among the A/E/C community they all talk of a talent drought and their feeling that the only way to get top talent is to “poach” someone from another firm. (more…)

TALENT WARS | Does a firm really lose when a high-performer moves on?

December 13th, 2016

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Erin Gehan

Marketing Manager

Dewberry

Erin Gehan, Parsippany, NJ

Human resources statisticians calculate that high performers often deliver 400% more productivity than the average employee. So while we hate when they leave, is it all bad?

The other day one of our executives showed me a brilliant spreadsheet that he has relied on for years, recalling fondly that the spreadsheet was created by a high-performing employee who had left the firm after 18 months. The conversation spun me back to the hiring discussion for said high performer: a discussion that centered on whether we should or should not hire a star candidate we couldn’t envision would stick around for long. We took the gamble, made the hire, enjoyed having our high performer on the job for 18 months, and continue to reap the benefits of his tenure years later. (more…)

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