The Talent War: How to Find and Retain the Best People for Your Company

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Marshall Cavendish, 2007 - Business & Economics - 208 pages

The Talent War addresses the growing problem faced by managers and bosses over the difficulty of finding and retaining talented employees in this day and age. As Kerry Larkan rightly points out, a rapidly aging population will trigger critical skill shortages and companies will increasingly have to fight harder than ever to attract and keep the best people for their company. In The Talent War, Kerry Larkan looks at some of the most successful companies with high retention rates and conducts interviews with key managerial figures to understand their policies and attitudes towards hiring and nurturing staff. The Talent War demonstrates, step by step, how to hire the right people (with the right values and character) for your company, how to get the most out of them and how to encourage them to stay.

  • Provides crucial information for managers and bosses on how to be an employer of choice and has to get the right people into their organisation.
  • Very relevant for today's employer-employee dynamics.
  • Suitable for potential employees to find out what's well sought after by employers of today.

About Kerry Larkan -As an active conference speaker in Asia and Australia, Kerry is noted for his refreshing thought-provoking perspectives and insights to organizational problems and barriers. Much in demand as a mentor, his ability to develop and implement successful change strategies is also highly sought after.In 2004, Kerry completed a major piece of research on staff loyalty and employers of choice, leading to the launch of his concept 'Good Boss ~ Bad Boss' and resulting in the publication of his first book, 'The Talent War', which has proven popular throughout Asia Pacific. His latest book, 'Winning the Talent War', has just gone on sale in Asia and will be released in Australia later this year.Kerry Larkan is frequently interviewed by the Asian media as an expert on staff retention. He has written a series of articles for the South China Morning Poston 'Good and Bad Bosses', and contributes to a variety of magazines and online publications. Kerry is a member of the Australian Society of Writers, a member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, Former Chairman of the Australian Chamber of Commerce HR Committee Hong Kong, and a past Board member of the National Speakers Association of Australia (NSAA).

 

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Contents

Foreword
Costs vs Benefits
33
Retaining the Best People
58
The Right Character and Shared Values
76
Vision and Values
91
Self Mastery
115
Dealing with Difference
140
Getting through the Storm
153
Conclusion
169
Appendix 1
182
Appendix 3
198
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

As an advisor and coach, I work with senior executives and their teams to assess each individual company's opportunities for leadership and organizational development.

Applying tools such as the Strategic Alignment Survey, Senior Team Alignment Survey and Disc, I then - besides my advising on design and implementing an employment brand - develop a unique portfolio that addresses a number of focus areas-

  • organizational culture and team dynamics (including conflict resolution)
  • retention and motivation strategies
  • mentoring programs
  • employee engagement initiatives
  • change management

In 2004, I completed a major piece of research on staff loyalty and employers of choice, leading to the launch of my concept 'Good Boss ~ Bad Boss' and resulting in the publication of my first book - THE TALENT WAR, which has proven popular throughout Asia Pacific. My latest book - WINNING THE TALENT WAR - has just gone on sale in Asia and will be released in Australia later this year.

Originally from Australia, I learned through 25 years of practical application what makes for hiring and keeping the best people for a company.

After I relocated to Hong Kong in early 2005, I realized that many companies across Asia are in need of revitalization. And I believe t

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