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Why We Are Losing the War for Talent

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“Why we are losing the war for talent and how technology can make a difference”

Senior executives widely acknowledge they are in a war for talent, but they are focused on the wrong battlefronts. The success of Dilbert and The Office suggest that we are losing the war for talent. New generations of technology, in particular cloud computing, social software and big data analytics can help companies to reverse this trend. To do this, however, executives must shift their focus to the day to day work environment as the place where the war for talent will be won or lost. If we took talent development as a top priority, how would we redesign all dimensions of our work environment and what role might these new technologies play in that redesign?


John Hagel Co-chairman, Center for the Edge Deloitte Center for the Edge

John Hagel III has nearly 30 years’ experience as a management consultant, author, speaker and entrepreneur, and has helped companies improve their performance by effectively applying information technology to reshape business strategies.

John currently serves as co-chairman of the Silicon Valley-based Deloitte LLP Center for the Edge, which conducts original research and develops substantive points of view regarding promising emerging business opportunities..

Before joining Deloitte, John was an independent consultant and writer. Prior to that, he held significant positions at leading consulting firms and companies. From 1984 to 2000, he was a principal at McKinsey & Co., where he was a leader of the Strategy Practice. In addition, he founded and led McKinsey’s Electronic Commerce Practice from 1993 to 2000. John has also served as senior vice president of strategic planning at Atari, Inc., and earlier in his career, worked at Boston Consulting Group. He is the founder of two Silicon Valley startups.

John is the author (along with John Seely Brown and Lang Davison) of The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion, a new book summarizing recent research pursued at the Center for the Edge, published by Basic Books in 2010. He is also the author of a series of earlier best-selling business books, beginning with Net Gain, published in 1997, and including Net Worth, Out of the Box and The Only Sustainable Edge. He has won two awards from Harvard Business Review for best articles in that publication and has been recognized as an industry thought leader by a variety of publications and professional service firms.
John holds a BA from Wesleyan University, a B.Phil. from Oxford University, and a JD and MBA from Harvard University.

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