How to retain exceptional talent

Talent wants to be challenged, not coddled.
Even the nicest perks and bonuses don’t buy lasting loyalty if they aren’t accompanied by a chance to do great work. High achievers’ desire to make a mark in the world is so intense that it usually trumps every other motivator. Talent-rich organizations know this. They cater to people who are always looking for harder challenges, bigger arenas, and greater mastery. Often this takes the form of endless tests of valor, almost like a medieval quest. This chapter will show how organizations such as Pixar and General Electric harness this competitive dynamic to their advantage. (Army Special Forces, Facebook, and Teach For America will make brief return visits, too.) A crucial part of these winners’ edge comes from doing exactly what John Cameron did with the Halsted cult: instilling a belief in his best prospects that they aren’t just in it for themselves; they are part of an enduring and ennobling movement.

Excerpt From: Anders, George. “The Rare Find: Spotting Exceptional Talent Before Everyone Else.”

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