Talent is scarce

I was reading last week’s Economist today. There is a special feature on “the search for talent.” The articles touched on a lot of related issues, but the main idea was that increasingly new jobs require truly talented people and that there is a real shortage of such people. These people often have little loyalty to their employer, so even once an employer finds such a person, it is a continual challenge to make sure that talent is not lured away by another company. I felt that related to my experience. One article has a quote from Bill Gates saying that “if it weren’t for 20 key people, Microsoft wouldn’t be the company it is today.” Better yet a vice-president of Google says a top-notch engineer is worth “300 times more or more than the average.” Wow!

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