The Talent Masters: Why Smart Leaders Put People Before Numbers
No Talent… No Numbers
If talent is the leading indicator of whether a business is up or down, a success
or a failure (and it is)... do you know how to accurately judge raw human
talent? Understand a person’s unique combination of traits? Develop that talent?
Convert what supposedly are "soft" subjective judgments about people into objective
criteria that are as specific, verifiable, and concrete as the contents of a financial
The talent masters do. They put people before numbers for the simple reason that
it is talent that delivers the numbers. Success comes from those who are able to
extract meaning from events and the forces affecting a business, and are able to
look at the world and assess the risks to take and the risks to avoid.
The Talent Masters itself stems from a unique combination of talent: During
a forty-year career at General Electric, Bill Conaty worked closely with CEOs Jack
Welch and Jeff Immelt to build that company’s world-renowned talent machine. Ram
Charan is the legendary advisor to companies around the world. Together they use
their unparalleled experience and insight to write the definitive book on talent—a
breakthrough in how to take a business to the next level...
- Secrets of the masters. The specifics on how companies regarded as world-class—GE,
P&G, Hindustan Unilever (and others)—base their stellar performance decade after
decade on their systems for finding and nurturing leadership talent.
- Intimate and systemic. Why deep knowledge and intimacy with your talent and
a systemic rhythm of reviews are the foundation for creating a steady, self-renewing
stream of leaders for all levels of an organization—from first-line supervisors
to the CEO.
- The competency that lasts. Financial results, market share, brand, and legacy
products all have a half-life that seems to grow shorter by the year. Talent is
the only competency that endures.
- What to do Monday morning. The Talent Masters tool kit provides the specific
guidelines for assessing and improving your company’s talent mastery capabilities.