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Regarding talent acquisition, our guest today on this Leadership Channel edition of TotalPicture suggests the following: Hiring is step one, helping them get better is step two, and helping them leave is step three. Yes, helping them leave. Not a typo.

This is Peter Clayton. Joining me today is Sydney Finkelstein, Dartmouth's Tuck Business School Professor and Thinkers50 ranked leadership guru. Author of Superbosses, How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent.

If you look at the top 50 leaders in any field, as many as one-third will have once worked for a superboss. Based on 10 years of research and more than 200 interviews of superbosses in almost every industry, Finkelstein's new book will have you question how you approach hiring talent, the way you look for and hire exceptionally talented people, and how you view the retention of the highest achievers in your organization.

"Smart, creative, flexible people tend to have fast-paced careers. Some may soon want to move on. That's OK with superbosses. They understand that the quality of talent on their teams matters more than stability, and they regard turnover as an opportunity to find fresh stars."

On Lists Of Top Business Books Of 2016 - Inc., Forbes, And Washington Post. Amazon #1 New Release in Human Resources and Personnel Management

SYDNEY FINKELSTEIN is the Steven Roth Professor of Management at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, as well as Tuck's Director of the Center for Leadership. He is a consultant and speaker to senior executives around the globe, as well as an executive coach, focusing on talent development, corporate governance, learning from mistakes, and strategies for growth. He has published eight previous books, including the Wall Street Journal bestseller Why Smart Executives Fail. He is listed in the "Thinkers 50", the world's most prestigious ranking of leadership gurus. He has been featured in the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, Business Week, the London Times, Toronto Globe and Mail, the London Times, Inc, and Fast Company and is a regular columnist for the BBC. He is well known for his keynote speeches and media appearances on CNBC, Bloomberg, Yahoo Finance, and Marketplace.


Peter Clayton

About Peter Clayton

Peter Clayton, Producer/Host, is an award-winning producer/director of radio, television, documentary, video, interactive and Web-based media who has created breakthrough media for a wide array of Fortune 100 clients.


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