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The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age

2018-01-28 来源:读书人网 
A New York Times BestsellerIntroducing the new, realistic loyalty pact between employer and employee
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The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age

A New York Times Bestseller

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.


“Recommended Reading: 10 Books on Creative Leadership” – Forbes

Business Insider’s list of business books every professional should read before turning 30

"The Alliance shaped career conversations in a way that was way more visible and healthy than I'd ever seen done." — Pat Wadors, Head of HR for LinkedIn; as seen in Business Insider

“… an insightful look at the new employer-employee relationship (especially for those of us on-boarding Gen Y and soon Millennials). — Ken Tencer, CEO of Spyder Works Inc., Globe and Mail

“This book will force you to see the future, it will show you new models of work, and it has the eminence and perspective to make your entire team think… an important new book which is well worth a read.” — Forbes

“an essential handbook for dealing with the challenges of managing an ever more connected, ever more mobile workforce.” — Barnes & Noble

“In a provocative new book, the father of social networks reveals a startling new way to reframe the relationship between employers and employees.” — Fortune magazine

“Readers will discover in this engaging book that the relationship between employee and employer doesn't have to be branded as ‘It's complicated.’" — TD magazine (Association for Talent Development)

“For those of you who haven’t read The Alliance, Reid, Casnocha and Yeh make a compelling case for a third model that treats employees as ‘allies.’” — Human Resource Executive

ADVANCE PRAISE for The Alliance:

Jeffrey R. Immelt, Chairman and CEO, General Electric—
“GE is competing in its third century. The key to sustained performance is developing competitive leaders in every era. The Alliance captures the essence of modern talent development: trust and mutual value creation helps both employer and employee compete in the marketplace. The authors lay out a framework that helps big companies as well as start-ups develop their people more effectively, while creating a competitive team.”

Kenneth I. Chenault, Chairman and CEO, American Express—
“Engaged employees are the key to success in any business. The Alliance is a terrific book that offers real-world insights on how to build loyalty, inspire creativity, and manage winning teams for the long term.”

网友对The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age的评论

I read a blog post by Reid Hoffman with the introduction of the ideas in this book, and thought the post offered a really insightful way to think about career management in the coming years. So when it alluded to more detail in this book, I was looking forward to hearing more detail about it.

The ideas are expounded upon a bit more in this book, but I think they stayed too high level to be that much more valuable than the blog. The other issue I had was that I thought the writing plugged LinkedIn too much. 'LinkedIn' seems to appear on almost every other page, and this got really annoying about a third of the way through the book.

Though it is not very long, you may have a better experience not reading every word and just skimming through each chapter. Overall, more disappointed than not.

An easy, but useful, read. In my experience, most business books have about 30 pages of information that the author repeats 5 or 6 times to get to book length. This book isn't like that. It is actually useful.

The authors attack the tired concept that a business is like a "family" by, in my opinion, more accurately analogizing the relationship to that of an alliance. The employer and employee are allies initially, and perhaps the alliance will continue for a long time, but the alliance will change with time. Indeed, the authors argue that the alliance may continue after the employer-employee relationship has ended. They present examples (e.g., alumni groups) of how this might work. I was also impressed with the authors' emphasis on the ethical dimensions of an alliance. Lifetime employment may be rare, but long-term relationships may still be formed.

Social media's integration into the alliance will undoubtedly occur. The authors suggest some ways to do so. This process will probably require more management attention than anticipated.

I am in higher education and the prescriptions of the authors will not apply there as completely as it might to high tech and other businesses. However, for me, the book inspired consideration of how some of its ideas might be applied in my world. I recommend it.

In the past forty years, the relationship between employers and employees has changed. Lifetime employment has become a thing of the past while talent is now expected to hop from job to job. While this state of affairs offers unprecedented labor mobility, it also reduces trust. Employers don't invest in their employees as much because they don't want to waste resources on people that won't stay. Employees aren't loyal to their companies because they feel that they are expendable.

It is this lack of trust that "The Alliance" seeks to alleviate through a simple brilliant idea: employers and employees should be honest about the transitory nature of jobs and look at them as "Tours of Duty" where an employer gets something concrete accomplished for the company while the employee gets an experience that will help them develop their careers. In short, employer and employee form an alliance. Through this experience, everyone gets what they want, and on top of that, everyone is left happier.

It's a brilliant idea that seems highly relevant to American society. This book is worth reading just to get a good understanding of this simple idea. Unfortunately, there isn't all that much other than this idea in the book. It feels like it could have been published as a Kindle Single. Overall, an excellent, if quick, read.

My first and last thought going through this book: An article lenght idea needlessly turned into a book.
The book promotes a simple and useful idea: A transparent contract between employee and employer meant to set the record straight from the outset of the employment relationship. The presupposition being that the contractual employment relation will not last forever.
Apart from this general and quite useful though hardly revolutionary idea there is nothing of interest in the book.
The book would have been great as a blogpost or a 10-15 pages article. To publish it as a book and to receive lots of positive press in authoritative media must be more due to the recent rockstar status of Silicion Valley techies than the content itself.
The previous book by Ben and Reid seems to have more "flesh" on it. Maybe because selfhelp advise resonates better with individual pursuit of success than the more lofty goals of an organization.
The old age distinction between form and content may merit a few words as part of the review as well.
The book from an esthetic and book printing perspective is really nice. A well-designed cover with elevated letters. Crisp pages with great typography and large intervals between lines making it a joy to read. If only the content had had a bit more substance. . .

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