Chasing Stars: The Myth of Talent and the Portability of Performance

Chasing Stars: The Myth of Talent and the Portability of Performance

by Boris Groysberg
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691127204

ISBN-13: 9780691127200

Pub. Date: 05/09/2010

Publisher: Princeton University Press

It is taken for granted in the knowledge economy that companies must employ the most talented performers to compete and succeed. Many firms try to buy stars by luring them away from competitors. But Boris Groysberg shows what an uncertain and disastrous practice this can be.

After examining the careers of more than a thousand star analysts at Wall Street

Overview

It is taken for granted in the knowledge economy that companies must employ the most talented performers to compete and succeed. Many firms try to buy stars by luring them away from competitors. But Boris Groysberg shows what an uncertain and disastrous practice this can be.

After examining the careers of more than a thousand star analysts at Wall Street investment banks, and conducting more than two hundred frank interviews, Groysberg comes to a striking conclusion: star analysts who change firms suffer an immediate and lasting decline in performance. Their earlier excellence appears to have depended heavily on their former firms' general and proprietary resources, organizational cultures, networks, and colleagues. There are a few exceptions, such as stars who move with their teams and stars who switch to better firms. Female stars also perform better after changing jobs than their male counterparts do. But most stars who switch firms turn out to be meteors, quickly losing luster in their new settings.

Groysberg also explores how some Wall Street research departments are successfully growing, retaining, and deploying their own stars. Finally, the book examines how its findings apply to many other occupations, from general managers to football players.

Chasing Stars offers profound insights into the fundamental nature of outstanding performance. It also offers practical guidance to individuals on how to manage their careers strategically, and to companies on how to identify, develop, and keep talent.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691127200
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
05/09/2010
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix Introduction 3

Part One: Talent and Portability Chapter 1: Moving On 15
Chapter 2: Analysts' Labor Market 35
Chapter 3: The Limits of Portability 51
Chapter 4: Do Firms Benefit from Hiring Stars? 77

Part Two: Facets of Portability Chapter 5: Stars and Their Galaxies: Firms of Origin and Portability 93
Chapter 6: Integrating Stars: The Hiring Firm and Portability of Performance 125
Chapter 7: Liftouts (Taking Some of It with You): Moving in Teams 141
Chapter 8: Women and Portability: Why Is Women's Performance More Portable than Men's? 163

Part Three: Implications for Talent Management: Developing, Retaining, and Rewarding Stars Chapter 9: Star Formation: Developmental Cultures at Work 197
Chapter 10: Turnover: Who Leaves and Why 239
Chapter 11: A Special Case of Turnover: Stars as Entrepreneurs 253
Chapter 12: Measuring and Rewarding Stars' Performance 273
Chapter 13: Lessons from Wall Street and Elsewhere 321

Appendix 343
Notes 353
Index 437

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