The Talent Masters: Why Smart Leaders Put People Before Numbers by Bill ConatyThe Talent Masters: Why Smart Leaders Put People Before Numbers by Bill Conaty

The Talent Masters: Why Smart Leaders Put People Before Numbers

byBill Conaty, Ram Charan

Hardcover | November 9, 2010

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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 statement?
     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 worldrenowned 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, selfrenewing 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.
BILL CONATY, long recognized as a world leader in his field, recently retired as senior vice president for human resources at General Electric, the company consistently ranked as without peer in developing world-class leaders. The management development and training programs that Conaty engineered provided GE with one of the world’s mo...
Title:The Talent Masters: Why Smart Leaders Put People Before NumbersFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.49 × 5.64 × 1.21 inPublished:November 9, 2010Publisher:The Crown Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307460266

ISBN - 13:9780307460264


Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Attacker's Advantage Another wonderful book by Ram Charan that stimulates thinking and self-reflection about the importance of having an Attacker's mindset in this era of structural uncertainty. There are several important concepts in this book such as Perceptual Acuity, having a mind-set to see opportunity in uncertainty and capitalize on it with commitment and buy-in from the crucial stakeholders, Adeptness in managing the transition to the new path and building up the skills required in making one's organization steerable and agile amidst the uncertainty through an interesting concept known as Joint Practice Session ("JPS"). Other examples in this book include well-known companies such as Tata Communications, Ford, Merck, GlaxoSmithKline ("GSK"), General Electric ("GE"), Verizon and many more...
Date published: 2015-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The GE way... I found this book very interesting in convincing me of the importance to put all the ressources to get things done aligned with corporate vision. Unfortunately, it has be written with a focus on large corporation. The way to do strategic planning and corporate budget has nothing to do with small and medium size businesses.
Date published: 2003-04-06

Editorial Reviews

“Enduring principles and powerful practices combine in this must-read human resource manifesto for leaders at every level.”—Jack Welch“…The definitive guide to the art and science of talent development.”—Andrea Jung, chairman and CEO of Avon Products“…Practical, readable and very actionable …”—A.G. Lafley, retired chairman and CEO of Procter & Gamble"Knowing how to spot top talent and where exactly to place it is at the crux of this marvelous book, The Talent Masters. Its pages provide a vivid recounting of many true-to-life leadership dilemmas in contemporary organizations that reveal just how critical it is to make good, sound judgments when choosing from amongst the talent of an organization."—Stephen R. Covey, author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The Leader in Me