The Alliance

The Alliance
By Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha and Chris Yeh
Harvard
Retail Price $25.00
Amazon Price: $15.81

Book Description: 

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.

Review

 

If you are a manager, then this book is an essential read for you.  The author will detail how to build teams by making your employees your allies and giving them a stake in reaching goals. He will show you how to get your staff to buy into the dream and help you to accomplish projects in a timely fashion.  This book makes you realize that in today’s culture, workers will come and go and the key to making it all work is to get the employee invested in the current project and not asking for commitments past that.  It is really thinking small while having it all fit into a long-term goal.  It was a very interesting book that I found enlightening and helpful.

~Reviewed by Sean T.

 

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