On Talent – Harvard Business Review Press


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Invest in your most valuable resource: your people.

Top talent is hard to come by. And seeing your stars walk out the door is painful—and expensive. You need to take steps to ensure that you attract, develop, and retain your best people.

If you read nothing else on managing talent in your organization, read these 10 articles. We’ve combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you boost the engagement, skills, and commitment of your highest performers.

This book will inspire you to:

  • Build a winning talent strategy
  • Recruit and hire the best candidates
  • Identify and develop high-potential employees
  • Foster a just and inclusive workplace
  • Overcome the challenges of hybrid work
  • Prepare your workforce for the future


This collection of articles includes “Building a Game-Changing Talent Strategy,” by Douglas A. Ready, Linda A. Hill, and Robert J. Thomas; “Your Approach to Hiring Is All Wrong,” by Peter Cappelli; “‘A Players’ or ‘A Positions’?: The Strategic Logic of Workforce Management,” by Mark A. Huselid, Richard W. Beatty, and Brian E. Becker; “Turning Potential into Success: The Missing Link in Leadership Development,” by Claudio Fernandez-Araoz, Andrew Roscoe, and Kentaro Aramaki; “Making Business Personal,” by Robert Kegan, Lisa Lahey, Andy Fleming, and Matthew Miller; “The Power of Hidden Teams,” by Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall; “The Performance Management Revolution,” by Peter Cappelli and Anna Tavis; “People Before Strategy: A New Role for the CHRO,” by Ram Charan, Dominic Barton, and Dennis Carey; “Toward a Racially Just Workplace,” by Lauren Morgan Roberts and Anthony J. Mayo; “How to Do Hybrid Right,” by Lynda Gratton; and “Your Workforce Is More Adaptable Than You Think,” by Joseph Fuller, Judith K. Wallenstein, Manjari Raman, and Alice de Chalendar.

HBR’s 10 Must Reads paperback series is the definitive collection of books for new and experienced leaders alike. Leaders looking for the inspiration that big ideas provide, both to accelerate their own growth and that of their companies, should look no further. HBR’s 10 Must Reads series focuses on the core topics that every ambitious manager needs to know: leadership, strategy, change, managing people, and managing yourself. Harvard Business Review has sorted through hundreds of articles and selected only the most essential reading on each topic. Each title includes timeless advice that will be relevant regardless of an ever‐changing business environment.


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