The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age

The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age

The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age

The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age


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The New York Times Bestelling guide for managers and executives.

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 as 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 company to help transform their careers for the long term. But this win-win scenario will happen only 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625275776
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date: 07/08/2014
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 387,116
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Reid Hoffman is cofounder and Executive Chairman of LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, and partner at the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Greylock.

Ben Casnocha is an award-winning entrepreneur and bestselling coauthor, with Reid, of The Start-up of You. He is a frequent speaker on talent management.

Chris Yeh is an entrepreneur, writer, and mentor. He helps interesting people do interesting things as VP of Marketing at PBworks and general partner at Wasabi Ventures.

Table of Contents

1 Employment in the Networked Age 1

The Alliance 7

Moving from Family to Team 10

Getting Value from Entrepreneurial Talent 12

Having the Courage to Lead Honest Conversations 18

2 Tours of Duty 21

Building Trust through Honest Conversations 26

Different Types of Tours 28

Blending Tours of Duty 36

A Broadly Applicable Framework 40

Longer-Term Alliances 45

Walking the Walk: How LinkedIn Uses Tours of Duty 47

3 Building Alignment in a Tour of Duty 57

Alignment for the Different Types of Tours 60

Walking the Walk: How LinkedIn Builds Alignment 68

Having the Conversation: Advice for Managers 71

4 Implementing Transformational Tours of Duty 75

Start the Conversation and Define the Mission 76

Set Up a System of Regular Checkpoints for Both Sides to Exchange Feedback with Each Other 80

Before the Tour of Duty Draws to a Close, Begin Defining the Next Tour of Duty 81

Managing for the Unexpected: When There's a Change in the Middle of a Tour 85

Having the Conversation: Advice for Managers 90

5 Employee Network Intelligence 97

Network Intelligence Generates Hidden Data, Serendipity, and Opportunity 102

6 Implementing Network Intelligence Programs 109

Recruit Connected People 110

Teach Employees How to Mine Intelligence from Their Networks via Conversation and Social Media 111

Rolf Out Programs and Policies That Help Employees Build Their Individual Networks 115

Have Employees Share What They Learn with the Company 119

Walking the Walk: How LinkedIn Uses Network Intelligence 121

Having the Conversation: Advice for Managers 123

7 Corporate Alumni Networks 127

It's All about the ROI 130

Four Reasons to Invest in an Alumni Network 132

Three Levels of Investment in Alumni Networks 137

Walking the Walk: The LinkedIn Corporate Alumni Network 139

8 Implementing an Alumni Network 143

Decide Who You Wont to Include in Your Alumni Network 143

Explicitly Define the Expectations and Benefits of the Relationship 145

Establish a Comprehensive Exit Process 147

Build Links between Current Employees and Alumni 148

Having the Conversation: Advice for Managers 150

Conclusion 153

Appendix A Sample Statement of Alliance 157

Appendix B Mission Alignment Exercise: People We Admire 167

Appendix C Getting Started at Your Company 171

Notes 173

Index 177

Acknowledgments 189

About the Authors 191

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