The Science of Dream Teams: How Talent Optimization Can Drive Engagement, Productivity, and Happiness

The Science of Dream Teams: How Talent Optimization Can Drive Engagement, Productivity, and Happiness

by Mike Zani

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From the CEO of The Predictive Index, the leader in talent optimization, comes Moneyball for HR and people management

How do you find the perfect person for the job in a stack of hundreds of resumes? Why do some teams succeed while others—made up of equally talented people—stumble? If the quality of your workforce is your company’s most important asset, then why are your managers still basing these critical decisions primarily on interviews and their gut instincts?

In The Science of Dream Teams, Mike Zani details a data-driven approach to talent optimization that makes hiring, motivating, and managing people more efficient and effective than ever. It employs sophisticated assessments, tools, and software that enable leaders to:
  • measure the traits and characteristics that predict success in a role or fit on a team
  • build finely tuned project teams and well-balanced leadership teams
  • boost employee productivity, engagement, retention—and happiness
  • unlock the hidden potential of individual workers and your organization as a whole
Whatever the business or industry, this game-changing approach has the power to unlock an unbeatable competitive advantage. The Science of Dream Teams will show you how.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781260473759
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 07/06/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Mike Zani is the CEO of The Predictive Index, a talent optimization company that uses behavioral, cognitive, and job assessments to make hiring, motivating, and managing people more efficient and effective. Its clients include AstraZeneca, Blue Cross Blue Shield, TD Bank, DocuSign, LVMH, and Omni Hotels, among many others. Zani is also a cofounder and partner at Phoenix Strategy Investments, a private investment fund. An avid sailor, he was a coach of the 1996 US Olympic Team. He holds a BS from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Stephen Baker was a journalist at BusinessWeek. He is the author of The Numerati and Final Jeopardy: Man vs. Machine and the Quest to Know Everything, and the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Where Does It Hurt?: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Fixing Health Care and Hop, Skip, Go: How the Mobility Revolution Is Transforming Our Lives.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 The New HR Tools 1

2 Know Yourself 13

3 Talent Design Thinking 29

4 Fitting Talent to Strategy 49

5 The Cultural Imperative 67

6 Building Dream Teams 85

7 Coaching 103

8 Hiring 125

9 Onboarding 145

10 Crisis 153

11 The Future 163

Acknowledgments 173

Appendix 177

Index 199

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