The Supercharged Hiring™ Series
Why Companies
Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent
While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling
T...
Does Talent Matter? How Much So?
2© Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid ...
War For Talent
3
The War For Talent was coined in 1997 by Steven Hankin of McKinsey
& Company.
It’s used to describe an in...
4
The fact is, Talent matters.
It matters because if we don’t understand it, we will either:
• Miss out on acquiring key T...
Talent: What Is It & How Do We Define It?
5
The foremost problem with “Talent” is that the very definition of Talent
is bo...
Concept of Talent Is Not Only Nebulous But Flawed
6
Beyond this, the very concept of “Talent” is flawed.
• How do we defin...
Some Talent Is Inherently “Bad”
7
In many cases, what we see as innate Talent is, in fact, not necessarily
Talent at all.
...
Some Talent Purely Circumstantial
(or Reliant On Product, Brand, Team, Process, System)
8
In many other cases the “Talent"...
The Failure of “Great” Salespeople
9
Riddle Me This:
Why do seemingly
“Great” salespeople
often fail when they change
comp...
“Great” Salesperson At Strong Or Mega-Brand
Often Fails At Startup Or Lesser-known Brand
10
Why is this? What factors come...
Talent Comparisons:
Candidate A: Ivy Leaguer With High Grades
11
• Consider a book smart Ivy Leaguer who tests well & has ...
Candidate B: “Podunk University” With Low Grades
12
• Consider a "Podunk University" graduate with low grades in a
“soft m...
Skills Are Important….But…
13
Skills are very important yet skills are just one factor.
However, skills are important as l...
Useless Interview Questions:
Colored Hat Sequences, Hammer & Nail Costs, Manhole Covers
14
Old LSAT logic test question su...
Assess Skills As Baseline, Force Candidate To Demo
15
Instead assess each candidate’s skills as a baseline and then:
• Ass...
Walk Me Through Your _____ Process
Now Let’s Role Play…
16
Example 1: Salesperson
You’re a salesperson so…
• Walk me throu...
Don’t Rely on Experience Alone
17
Experience should never be relied upon.
Most “experienced people” have 1 year of (bad) e...
Re-evaluate Talent Characterizations & Assessments
18
• One Player alone won't make the team win (with rare exceptions).
•...
One Player Doesn’t Make A Winning Team
19
One player by himself/herself will often not make the team win.
Although dependi...
Can’t Define Or Properly Deploy Talent
20
Most companies and organizations can't even define talent let along
correctly de...
Talent Is Often Not Uniformly Portable
– It Requires Alignment
21
Without the proper skills alignment, Talent is not unifo...
Teams: Cohesive, culturally-bound, Dedicated
Compete Highest Level
22
Teams that are cohesive, culturally-bound & dedicate...
Talent Selection Is Flawed
(Trait Ascription Bias / Halo Effect / Social Proof)
23
Most Talent selection is inherently fla...
Which Is The Best Salesperson?
24
Which one of these is or makes the best salesperson?
1. At Major Brand, selling to other...
Which Is The Best Salesperson?
25
Now let’s make it a bit less abstract…
Which of these is or makes the best salesperson?
...
No-Box, Jedi-Level Talent vs Non-Portable Talent
26
Analysis:
#3 salesperson must possess No-Box Jedi-Level talent.
#1 and...
Trait Ascription Biases Lead Firms To Overpay For Talent
27
Trait Ascription Biases often lead firms to overpay for Talent...
What Is The Value of Sports Analogies To Illustrate Points
28
People often use sports analogies....
Sports analogies are g...
What Is The Value of Sports Analogies To Illustrate Points
29
The reason for this is simple:
In sports, the players and th...
HR Dilemma: How To Forecast Performance?
30
Is it possible for HR to accurately forecast future performance?
Can HR begin ...
Selection Process Must Identify & Weigh Metrics and
Informational Signals
31
• Identifying Talent requires an intimate kno...
Roadblocks To Success
32
There are many roadblocks for the successful acquisition of Talent and
for the success of that Ta...
But What About “The War For Talent”
33
What do you mean people’s egos and fears block out good Talent?
We are in a “War Fo...
Truly Great Talent Is Terrifying
34
Even simply “Good Talent” can be scary or frightening to those in
power or to incompet...
Thanks for your Time!
http://www.Silicon-Edge.com
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 Certified Employment Interview Prof...
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  1. 1. The Supercharged Hiring™ Series Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent Written & Presented by: James M. Santagata Managing Director © Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge, All Rights Reserved Silicon-Edge.com May 13, 2014 (Original: September 1, 2013)
  2. 2. Does Talent Matter? How Much So? 2© Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent Let’s jump right ahead and consider: Does Talent matter? And if so, how much does Talent matter? We’re told that Talent is critical as it determines the fate of our companies, organizations and institutions. Moreover, we’re told that we’re in a War For Talent.
  3. 3. War For Talent 3 The War For Talent was coined in 1997 by Steven Hankin of McKinsey & Company. It’s used to describe an increasingly and fiercely competitive marketplace for both acquiring and retaining talented employees. © Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent
  4. 4. 4 The fact is, Talent matters. It matters because if we don’t understand it, we will either: • Miss out on acquiring key Talent. • Acquire the wrong Talent. • Overpay for the Talent that we do acquire. Why Does Talent Matter? © Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent
  5. 5. Talent: What Is It & How Do We Define It? 5 The foremost problem with “Talent” is that the very definition of Talent is both nebulous and ill-defined: Talent: A natural aptitude or skill. Example: “he possesses more talent than any other player" Synonyms: flair, aptitude, facility, gift, knack, technique, touch, bent, ability, expertise, capacity, faculty; © Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent
  6. 6. Concept of Talent Is Not Only Nebulous But Flawed 6 Beyond this, the very concept of “Talent” is flawed. • How do we define it? • How do we identify it? • How do we assess it? • How do we select it? • How do we evaluate it? • How do we productize it? • How do we deploy it? • How do we utilize it? • How do we monetize it? © Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent
  7. 7. Some Talent Is Inherently “Bad” 7 In many cases, what we see as innate Talent is, in fact, not necessarily Talent at all. Or if it is “Talent" it may well be a completely different type of Talent all together. Such as the Talent for: • Stealing or taking credit for other people's work. • Politicking. • Backstabbing. • Persuading or directing other people to do your work. © Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent
  8. 8. Some Talent Purely Circumstantial (or Reliant On Product, Brand, Team, Process, System) 8 In many other cases the “Talent" someone appears to possess comes from either a set of unique or temporal circumstances they enjoy (the right place @ the right time) or even from the company brand. Is there really a true portability of talent? Is it realistic to assume that a top sales person at, say, Google or Oracle or any company that enjoys massive brand awareness, brand preference and brand equity, solid company resources, strong support teams, etc. can step into a dinky, unknown, boot-strapped startup and still bill the same proportional amount of revenue let along the same amount? The empirical evidence is a resounding, No, Nein, Nyet. © Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent
  9. 9. The Failure of “Great” Salespeople 9 Riddle Me This: Why do seemingly “Great” salespeople often fail when they change companies… © Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent
  10. 10. “Great” Salesperson At Strong Or Mega-Brand Often Fails At Startup Or Lesser-known Brand 10 Why is this? What factors come into play? First, we must consider cultural fit and company growth stage. Question: Does a strong sales person who works or worked at Oracle make the best fit for a startup in the enterprise software space? Answer: Maybe but mostly likely not. And not because there’s anything inherently wrong with either the Oracle salesperson or the startup in question. © Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent
  11. 11. Talent Comparisons: Candidate A: Ivy Leaguer With High Grades 11 • Consider a book smart Ivy Leaguer who tests well & has a solid GPA in a “solid major”. • He starts career with great branded company, surrounded by a great team at a great time (right place @ right time). • Now he has “earned” a "track record" (albeit unearned) & social proof though still thoroughly incompetent or non-competitive. • He moves on from this "success“ only to fail at the next 2 companies. • Halo Effect & Trait Ascription Bias activated, his last 2 failures framed & solely attributed to bad luck rather than personal incompetency. © Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent
  12. 12. Candidate B: “Podunk University” With Low Grades 12 • Consider a "Podunk University" graduate with low grades in a “soft major”. • She possesses massive talent & can easily sell ice to the Eskimos. • With no “track record” ends up at small, poorly performing company. • Her talent is massive & deep but the company still fails (1:100 theory). • Her talent, thus, remains hidden, waiting for someone "extract it". • She moves on to the next 2 companies, delivering an earth-shattering performance at each one. • Her "new found" success at #3 simply chalked up to her being "lucky". © Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent
  13. 13. Skills Are Important….But… 13 Skills are very important yet skills are just one factor. However, skills are important as long as you: • Understand what skills are needed. • How to properly evaluate & assess these needed skills. © Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent
  14. 14. Useless Interview Questions: Colored Hat Sequences, Hammer & Nail Costs, Manhole Covers 14 Old LSAT logic test question such as: If there's a man wearing a blue-hat standing behind a man wearing a yellow-hat man and a man wearing a green-hat and a man wearing a black-hat cannot be standing together, what’s the color of the hat worn by the next man standing in the line? USELESS. Why are manhole covers round? USELESS. A hammer and nail, together cost $1.10. The hammer costs $1.00 more than the nail. How much does the hammer cost? USELESS. © Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent
  15. 15. Assess Skills As Baseline, Force Candidate To Demo 15 Instead assess each candidate’s skills as a baseline and then: • Assess the skills needed to do the job and perform at XX level. • Have the candidate demonstrate those skills: Live Demo || Role-play || Walk-Throughs © Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent
  16. 16. Walk Me Through Your _____ Process Now Let’s Role Play… 16 Example 1: Salesperson You’re a salesperson so… • Walk me through your business development process… • Now let’s go on a sales call….. • Now let's role play… can you take me down? (I doubt it…) Example 2: Economist You're an economist so… • Okay, now walk me through Abenomics, what does it mean, what you see and why? © Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent
  17. 17. Don’t Rely on Experience Alone 17 Experience should never be relied upon. Most “experienced people” have 1 year of (bad) experience repeated for as many years as they worked at the company. Worse it's normally what I term to be "Matrix Knowledge" and is not beneficial but limiting or even destructive. Takeaway: Previously, the most learned professed the Ptolemaic view of the universe and most believed it. • Focus on expertise. • Focus on results. • Make them demo it. © Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent
  18. 18. Re-evaluate Talent Characterizations & Assessments 18 • One Player alone won't make the team win (with rare exceptions). • Most organizations can't define talent nor deploy it correctly. • Even great talent must be aligned, few can properly align it. • Due to definitional, alignment & team issues, talent is not portable. • A team of average but aligned talent can outperform solo superstars. • Most talent selection methodologies and processes are flawed. © Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent
  19. 19. One Player Doesn’t Make A Winning Team 19 One player by himself/herself will often not make the team win. Although depending on the rules of the game and/or the size of the team there may be a bigger or smaller impact: Example: Baskeball So with only 5 people on a team in basketball, Michael Jordan matters. Example: War / Combat In a world war, with one million troops often deployed from just one country, it’s a fact that one Marine, even the very best Marine in the world does not make a difference armed solely with his rifle and knife. © Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent
  20. 20. Can’t Define Or Properly Deploy Talent 20 Most companies and organizations can't even define talent let along correctly deploy it. Example: Vietnam War Battle of Khe Sanh (Operation Niagara )(1968) + Operation Rolling Thunder (1965-68) (Strategic Persuasion; Gradualism) vs Operation Linebacker (5/9-10/23, 1972) + Operation Linebacker II (aka Christmas Bombings)(12/18-12/29, 1972) © Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent
  21. 21. Talent Is Often Not Uniformly Portable – It Requires Alignment 21 Without the proper skills alignment, Talent is not uniformly portable. Even Talent that is top grade and properly deployed must be aligned with the entire team and company, group or institutions objectives. The result is that in many or most cases, Talent is not portable. © Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent
  22. 22. Teams: Cohesive, culturally-bound, Dedicated Compete Highest Level 22 Teams that are cohesive, culturally-bound & dedicated compete at the highest level. A team of average ability that is properly aligned to hit “Keys of Success" will crush a team of superstars: Example: Michael Lewis' Money Ball / Billy Beane / Bill James's Sabermetrics / Value-based Analysis The former USSR's Red Army hockey team routinely stomped the very best all-stars from the NHL. A team that is cohesive, culturally-bound and dedicated to each other will almost always stomp the better "team on paper". © Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent
  23. 23. Talent Selection Is Flawed (Trait Ascription Bias / Halo Effect / Social Proof) 23 Most Talent selection is inherently flawed and, in fact, organizations tend to greatly over pay as they rely are subjective assessments and evaluations. This are assessments are tainted by Trait Ascription Bias, Halo Effect / Horns Effect, Social Proof and Just World Hypothesis. For instance, consider cultural fit. Does the a strong sales person at Oracle make the best fit for a startup in the enterprise space? Maybe but mostly likely not. And not because there is anything inherently wrong with either the Oracle salesperson or the startup. © Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent
  24. 24. Which Is The Best Salesperson? 24 Which one of these is or makes the best salesperson? 1. At Major Brand, selling to other Major Brands, closing lukewarm. 2. At Major Brand, selling to Mid-tier brands, closing well. 3. At No-name/Generic, selling to Major Brands, closing huge. Who do you think makes a better salesman in this case? #1, #2 or #3? © Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent
  25. 25. Which Is The Best Salesperson? 25 Now let’s make it a bit less abstract… Which of these is or makes the best salesperson? And more importantly why? 1. A Google Salesperson selling to Top-tier firms, closing lukewarm? 2. A Google Salesperson selling to Mid-tier firms, closing well? 3. A No-Name Firm salesperson selling to Google, closing huge? © Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent
  26. 26. No-Box, Jedi-Level Talent vs Non-Portable Talent 26 Analysis: #3 salesperson must possess No-Box Jedi-Level talent. #1 and #2 salespersons may be lukewarm to consistent performers, however, they are reliant on Brand, Product-mix, Teams, Processes and Systems. • They often become complacent and their skills quickly atrophy. • If you take away their Brand, Product-Mix, Teams, Processes & Systems they fail or underperform. © Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent
  27. 27. Trait Ascription Biases Lead Firms To Overpay For Talent 27 Trait Ascription Biases often lead firms to overpay for Talent, acquire he wrong Talent or filter out the Strong Talent. In most cases, the Hiring Firm / Authority would gladly and willingly overpay for the Salesperson in cases #1 and #2. ...Most likely they will not consider that the “success” of the Salesperson in these two cases many be due to the huge brands behind them, huge support teams, proven processes, solid product mix and so on. Conversely, in most cases, the Hiring Firm / Authority would filter out the case #3 Salesperson OR if they kept this person in the process, we should expect that they may underpay that person. © Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent
  28. 28. What Is The Value of Sports Analogies To Illustrate Points 28 People often use sports analogies.... Sports analogies are great to help people relate to or illustrate a point or concept regarding Talent, however, business is opaque. However, Sports Talent analogies have some very big limitations for business and can actually be dangerous.. © Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent
  29. 29. What Is The Value of Sports Analogies To Illustrate Points 29 The reason for this is simple: In sports, the players and the game (game play and outcome) are 100% transparent. You could see Michael Jordan get an assist or slam dunk the ball. You could see Wayne Gretzky skate and you see him slip the puck into the net. Businesses, for the very most part, doesn't work this way. The process of a business is opaque. Organizations are shrouded in secrecy and most importantly, people steal other's work, they impede and block and politic. They also create, build and strategize, in secret. © Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent
  30. 30. HR Dilemma: How To Forecast Performance? 30 Is it possible for HR to accurately forecast future performance? Can HR begin to understand why “good” Talent fails to perform? When you see the number #1 Sales Performer, what does that mean? Is it due to great products, a great team, a great sales person or did they steal accounts from others? Where they given a hot territory or an established, loyal and polished account? These things happens ALL the time. This is why HR has so much trouble trying to understand why supposedly good people fail or underperform when moving to a new firm. © Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent
  31. 31. Selection Process Must Identify & Weigh Metrics and Informational Signals 31 • Identifying Talent requires an intimate knowledge of what metrics or informational signals are being evaluated as well as how much weight to put on these. • During the assessment and selection process, HR must separate experience & competency from expertise and performance. • Lastly, HR must understand and determine the portability of this Talent: How much of the Talent’s success is due to the organization, brand, resources, product, team, circumstances and individual, respectively. © Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent
  32. 32. Roadblocks To Success 32 There are many roadblocks for the successful acquisition of Talent and for the success of that Talent. The selection testing process and even selecting testing software may be extremely good. However, the biggest roadblock to be faced is people. Always people – their fears and egos. © Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent
  33. 33. But What About “The War For Talent” 33 What do you mean people’s egos and fears block out good Talent? We are in a “War For Talent” and Wars cut through the red tape, they simplify politics… Actually, war is simply an extension of politics by other means. The “War For Talent” is a meme. Few understand what it means, even fewer act on it. In many organizations, the “War For Talent” becomes or has become a “War On Talent”… © Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent
  34. 34. Truly Great Talent Is Terrifying 34 Even simply “Good Talent” can be scary or frightening to those in power or to incompetents holding any position. Beyond that, truly Great Talent can be terrifying. It takes an aware and healthy company or organization to select and acquire Great Talent and bring it into the fold, allowing it to grow, develop and produce. It is apparent that in many cases Terror trumps Talent. © Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent
  35. 35. Thanks for your Time! http://www.Silicon-Edge.com 35© Copyright 2013-2014 SiliconEdge. All Rights Reserved. Why Companies Overpay for Tepid or Terrible Talent While Blocking, Rejecting & Trampling Top Talent
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