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The Alliance: The Must-Read Book of the Summer That Could Change the Way We Work
The tour-of-duty framework helps companies keep their best talent because it helps the employees build their personal brand. Yes, "personal brand" can be an overused term, but acknowledging that employees have an idea of their personal brand is an important sign of this new relationship of mutual trust.
Inc: How To Manage Your Employees' Happiness (Yes You Can)
"On paper, employers and employees are supposed to be in alignment on both organizational and individual aspirations. It seldom happens in reality. Here's how to change that." Read the full article.
LinkedIn Speaker Series: Jeff Weiner, Reid Hoffman, and Ben Casnocha Discuss The Alliance
LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner sat down with Reid and Ben for 60 minutes to in early July 2014 to discuss the book. Watch the full conversation.
Inc's Eric Schurenberg Interviews Reid Hoffman
Inc.'s Editor-In-Chief talks to Reid Hoffman on what's wrong with the way you hire.
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LinkedIn Founder: How to Fix the Way We Work
In an era of at-will employment, company loyalty is scarce and long-time ties are scarcer.... Yet bosses and hiring managers still ask workers to commit to the company without committing to them in return. This creates a relationship built on mutual self-deception.
Bloomberg Studio 1: Reid Hoffman
Emily Chang sits down with LinkedIn co-founder and executive chairman Reid Hoffman to talk about how he got to where he is today and about his new book The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age. Watch the full interview.
HBR: Your Company Is Not a Family
"When CEOs describe their company as being “like family,” we think they mean well. They’re searching for a model that represents the kind of relationships they want to have with their employees—a lifetime relationship with a sense of belonging. But using the term family makes it easy for misunderstandings to arise." Read the full article.
Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen Review The Alliance
"You only have to spend a few minutes with Reid to understand why he is such a successful manager. He’s thoughtful, honest, and has a clear vision for where he wants to go, in everything he does. The Alliance provides detailed guidance on how managers can actually implement the best management practices from Silicon Valley. The advice is as useful for a Fortune 100 CEO as it is for a startup founder working out of a garage--as insightful for someone developing a new app as it is for someone opening a new coffeeshop." Read the full review.
- Eric Schmidt & Jared Cohen, authors of The New Digital Age: Transforming Nations, Businesses and Our Lives
WNYC: The Brian Lehrer Show: We're All Temp Workers Now
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Fortune: You Can't Keep Your Best Employees Forever
In a provocative new book, the father of social networks reveals a startling new way to reframe the relationship between employers and employees. Read the full article.
MSNBC's Morning Joe: Job Tips From LinkedIn's Co-Founder Reid Hoffman
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Bonus Content: Sample Statement of Alliance
In the back of the book, Reid, Ben and Chris provide a sample Statement of Alliance that you can use to define the terms of The Alliance in your own way in your organization. It is provided in downloadable PDF and Word format. Check it out now.
Tours Of Duty: The New Employee-Employer Compact
Harvard Business Review Magazine: June 2013
For most of the 20th century, the compact between employers and employees in the developed world was all about stability. Jobs at big corporations were secure: As long as the company did OK financially and the employee did his or her job, that job wouldn’t go away. And in the white-collar world, careers progressed along an escalator of sorts, offering predictable advancement to employees who followed the rules. Corporations, for their part, enjoyed employee loyalty and low turnover.
Then came globalization and the Information Age. Stability gave way to rapid, unpredictable change. Adaptability and entrepreneurship became key to achieving and sustaining success. These changes demolished the traditional employer-employee compact and its accompanying career escalator in the U.S. private sector; they are in varying degrees of disarray elsewhere... Read the full article on HBR.org.
From The Alliance LinkedIn Group: Why do employees actually leave their companies?
LinkedIn surveyed employees around the globe to find out why they were considering leaving their companies. They found that more employees are considering leaving their companies, and also found a discrepancy between why empoyees said they would leave versus why they actually left. Employees said that better compensation/benefits would make them jump ship to a new company but employees who had recently left a company for a new one said that they left for greater opportunities for advancement. Join the discussion in The Alliance LinkedIn Group.
NPR OnPoint: Chris Yeh and Ben Casnocha on Tours of Duty
Chris Yeh and Ben Casnocha along with Robert Bruner, of the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business for an interview with Tom Ashbrook on NPR's OnPoint. Listen to the full interview.