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    Talent Economics

    by Gyan Nagpal
    Item #: 3529
    Talent Economics offers an outside-in view on talent that brings workforce analysis, management practice and strategy together using economic inquiry. Award-winning talent strategist and leadership coach Gyan Nagpal presents business leaders an opportunity to step back and understand the ebb and flow of global talent before translating this new understanding into a winning strategy.
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    The Rare Find

    by George Anders
    Item #: 3411
    Anyone who recruits talent faces the same basic challenge, whether we work for a big company, a new start-up, a Hollywood studio, a hospital, or the Green Berets. We all wonder how to tell the really outstanding prospects from the ones who look great on paper but then fail on the job. Or, equally important, how to spot the ones who don't look so good on paper but might still deliver extraordinary performance. Author George Anders sought out the world's savviest talent judges to see what they...
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    Topgrading

    by Bradford D. Smart, Ph.D.
    Item #: 34BS02
    Great companies don't just depend on strategies — they depend on people. The more great people on your team, the more successful your organization will be. But that's easier said than done. Statistically, half of all employment decisions result in a miss-hire: The wrong person winds up in the wrong job. But companies that have followed Bradford Smart's advice in Topgrading have boosted their successful hiring rate to 90 percent or better, giving them an unbeatable competitive...
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    Talent Is Overrated

    by Geoff Colvin
    Item #: 3106
    What’s the real solution to the mystery of high performance? According to distinguished journalist Geoff Colvin, what really makes all the difference is a highly specific kind of effort, what he calls “deliberate practice.” It’s difficult. It hurts. But more of it equals better performance. Tons of it equals great performance.
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    Who

    by Geoff Smart, Randy Street
    Item #: 3101
    In this book Geoff Smart and Randy Street provide a simple, practical and effective solution for the single biggest problem in business today: unsuccessful hiring. These “who” problems are easily preventable with Smart and Street’s A Method for Hiring, which, when implemented, has a 90 percent success rate.
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    The Talent Powered Organization

    by Robert Thomas, Peter Cheese, Elizabeth Craig
    Item #: 3010
    The key to strategic success is talent –– an organization’s people, from its current and future leaders to its frontline employees. But today, talent is harder to find and nurture, and easier to waste and lose. This has caused talent to move quickly to the top of every leader’s strategic agenda, but few organizations are managing their talent strategically. Combining strategic insight with proven and practical methods, The Talent Powered Organization is essential for people at all level
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    Talent is Never Enough

    by John C. Maxwell
    Item #: 2915
    Maxwell, a leadership expert, asserts that talent is often misunderstood and overrated. To combat this, he suggests that people build their strengths and become a “Talent-plus person.”
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    Consultants & Advisers

    by Harold Lewis
    Item #: 2805
    In Consultants & Advisers, independent consultant Harold Lewis presents an accessible resource for individuals, businesses and organizations on how to get the best value from the consultants they hire. Throughout, Lewis answers many common questions about getting outside help, and illustrates his advice with examples of both good and bad practices. He also provides a thorough examination of everything involved, from picking consultants to writing contracts to solving problems. This
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    Embracing Excellence

    by Franklin Ashby, Arthur Pell Ph.D.
    Item #: 2410
    Companies need “A” players to outperform the competition. To attract and keep top-level performers in a highly competitive economy, companies must learn to create corporate cultures that attract and retain “A” players. Embracing Excellence explains how organizations can attract “A” players by building an environment that is committed to values, vision, creativity, trust and respect.
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