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The Talent Mandate

Why Smart Companies Put People First

Andrew Benett, with W. Barksdale Maynard and Ann O'Reilly

Palgrave Macmillan Trade

"Our employees are our greatest asset"—it’s a cliché companies feel obliged to spout. Some may even believe it. But as with eating healthy food and getting exercise, lip-service doesn’t make goals come true. In this groundbreaking book, Andrew Benett explores how truly "talent centric" organizations thrive in today's changing economy. Based on original research and in-depth interviews with outstanding leaders of talent-driven organizations such as Zappos, DreamWorks Animation SKG, Nestle, Dow Chemical, The Motley Fool, AnswerLab, and more, Benett uncovers emerging trends and benchmarks and shows why it is so important to invest in and develop tomorrow’s talent. Readers will come away with a clear lesson: Talent is no longer something to be palmed off down the chain of command. It must be the top business priority of the most senior people in the company—including the CEO.

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Praise for The Talent Mandate

The Talent Mandate offers marvelous insights and practical tools around six essential talent strategies—grounded in CEO expectations and translated to specific actions that leaders can implement in modern organizations. Useful for all leaders committed to winning though exceptional talent.”—Dave Ulrich, Professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Partner, The RBL Group
 
“Human beings want to excel. The best leaders know this, and they create the space for their people to do just that—to soar. Andrew Benett has done a remarkable job of bringing this simple yet powerful fact to life through the words and experiences of the leaders we admire most. Listen up. Or get ready for your competitors to race past you . . . with your people at their side.” —Peter A. Reiling, Executive Vice President for Leadership, The Aspen Institute
 
“Radically rethinking how we attract, develop, retain, and inspire great people in the new ideas economy can no longer be relegated to the HR department. This book provides a recipe for how leadership can create sustainable competitive advantage.” —Jim Speros, Executive Vice President, Fidelity Investments
 
“If your company is known as the best place to work in your industry, you will attract the best people in your industry. It’s that simple. Benett’s The Talent Mandate goes well beyond sound bites to offer practical advice every executive and company can use to attract, empower, and ultimately inspire great talent.” —Mark D’Arcy, Director of Creative, Facebook
 
“Drawing on dozens of interviews with some of America’s most renowned corporate leaders, The Talent Mandate gives practical advice about how to foster qualities essential to the new workplace. Competition for top talent has never been fiercer, and CEOs will want to heed this valuable counsel.”—Jerry Noonan, Global Leader, Consumer Practice, Spencer Stuart
 
“Talent is the single most critical differentiating factor in business success. In The Talent Mandate, Benett goes deep below the surface and shows how companies in a broad range of industries are thriving due to their masterful talent practices. If you are competing for the best, then this book is a must-read.” —Mike O'Driscoll, Group CEO, Williams F1/Williams Grand Prix Engineering
 
“A refreshing perspective on talent management from the chair of a line manager rather than HR. The Talent Mandate brilliantly sets out some powerful, proven talent strategies, constantly layered with rich, insightful, and practical axioms that can deliver quick, yet substantial wins for any leader looking to take his or her organization to another level.” —Antony Young, Chief Executive Officer, North America, Mindshare
 

“It is a timeless truth known since the dawn of civilization that people matter most. High performance and good production are logical outgrowths of investments made in people. In the end, the difference between average companies and smart companies can be found in the manifestation of this truth: people first. Andrew Benett understands both the art and science of finding, nurturing, and sustaining talent for the good of the individual as well as for the entire enterprise. Anyone interested in being an effective leader can learn tremendously from this book.” –Eric L. Motley, PhD; Vice President and Managing Director, Henry Crown Fellowship Program, The Aspen Institute

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  • Andrew Benett, with W. Barksdale Maynard and Ann O'Reilly

  • Andrew Benett is the global president of Havas Worldwide, one of the largest advertising agencies, with clients that include some of the world's most renowned brands. He is also chief strategy officer of Havas Creative Group. His previous books include Good for Business: The Rise of the Conscious Corporation and Consumed: Rethinking Business in the Era of Mindful Spending. Andrew is a member of the 2012 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.

  • Andrew Benett
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Why Smart Companies Put People First

Andrew Benett, with W. Barksdale Maynard and Ann O'Reilly

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