Are Great Employees Overrated?
Who is worth more — one amazing employee or one hundred adequate ones? You've heard about the war for talent. If your business is looking to take over the world (or just your industry), how do you first build your talent pool? Do you fill your ranks with free-agent superstars, or foster a team of people whose names will never make the marquee, but are skilled enough to make your company a success? Your choice has implications for your culture, and your bottom line. This debate kicked up a tremendous response on the Harvard Business Review's website (hbr.org), but the jury is still out. What makes the world go 'round — individual brilliance or group genius?
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Roy Bahat is President of IGN Entertainment, a leader in videogames media, which he joined in 2007 after serving in a business development role at News Corporation. Roy is on the board of Revision3, and was a board observer at Flixster before it was acquired by Warner Bros. He is also a lecturer at UC Berkeley, where he teaches the media course at the Haas School of Business and the School of Information.
Before joining News Corp., Roy worked on various startups and was in the public sector, both in the office of New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and at New York's 2012 Olympic bid. Roy graduated from Harvard College and was a Rhodes Scholar.