Carlos Leyva

Silicon Stories

Chapter 7: Talent Wars, E-Teams and E-Cultures

The Economic Unit of Value Creation

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Successful projects drive competitive advantage. The creativity that impacts activities of the value chain yielding marketplace advantages is almost always unleashed within the context of a project. Therefore, it follows that you want to staff your mission critical projects with the best available talent you can find, wherever you can find it.

Mission critical projects should define and guide your employment practices. Much of the talent you would love to hire would probably want to work on your mission critical project, given that you are willing to pay them what they’re worth, however, they may not be as interested in a stewardship role for the next five years, once the project’s objectives have been met.

In other words, there are people who love to continuously create, and there are those that create and then love to nurse their creations. One is not necessarily better than the other, but they are different. In order to be successful you must learn to recognize the individual differences and then hire world-class players for each category. Mission critical projects will only yield sustainable results if you are astute enough to hire the right combination of both.

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