In Praise of Lesser Talents

In Praise of Lesser Talents

In Praise of Lesser Talents

Risks of A-List TalentVolatility, me-first perspective, cost to recruit, quick to leave for greener pastures.
No team succeeds on star-power alone. The B Player – that dependable, competent pro who does the dirty work and never complains about it – is an essential element, too, says a new book, Harvard Business Review on Finding and Keeping the Best People (Harvard Business Review Press/Available now). Contributors Thomas J. DeLong and Vineeta Vijayaraghavan caution against undervaluing solid, supportive talent. These employees often fade from visibility because they don’t call attention to themselves, making consistent nurturing and appreciation necessary to optimize their contributions. In their section of the book, entitled “Let’s Hear It for B Players,” DeLong and Vijayaraghavan pinpoint the positive attributes of these performers, as well as best practices for working with them. Delong is a professor of management practice at Harvard Business School. Vijayaraghavan is a consultant in the New York office of Katzenbach Partners, an organizational strategy firm. For more about the book, click here
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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