What’s Dennis Reading? – 12/3/14

whats_dennis_reading_web21st-Century Talent Spotting
Claudio Fernández-Aráoz, Harvard Business Review 

In past decades, organizations have emphasized competencies in hiring and developing talent. Today those responsible for hiring and promotion decisions must focus on potential by assessing five key indicators in current and prospective employees: the right motivation, curiosity, insight, engagement and determination 

How Netflix Reinvented HR
by Patty McCord, Harvard Business Review 

Netflix founder and CEO Reed Hastings based the company on unconventional HR practices that has raised a few eyebrows. Netflix’s approach to talent can be summed up in five tenets: 1. Hire, Reward, and Tolerate Only Fully Formed Adults 2. Tell the Truth About Performance 3. Managers Own the Job of Creating Great Teams 4. Leaders Own the Job of Creating the Company Culture 5. Good Talent Managers Think Like Businesspeople and Innovators First, and Like HR People Last

Guest submission from Scott Verzyl

Place, Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America 
by Sheryll Cashin

This thought-provoking read calls for an overhaul of affirmative action and asserts that the focus should be on geography and socio-economic factors in the college admission process instead of focusing primarily on race.

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