re: How To Keep Your Best Talent
I was in a great corporate situation for over a decade: a small group of smart people where management gave us leeway as long as we delivered. In that group, we did everything from evaluate technology to develop software to install the production server in the rack. We got to deal directly with customers, so we had that feeling of mastery and purpose and a great reputation within the company. There was a lot of learning through our "lunch bunch" and side projects. Fast forward through some corporate takeovers, Sarbanes Oxley, and massive outsourcing, and our small effective group was toast. As we were infiltrated by less talented people and heavy process/procedure was introduced, the thrill was gone and results weren't appreciated. Tired of throwing creative energy away, I tried consulting and have never looked back. I am now working with some friends from the original group at a company and as consultants we are knocking their socks off. Yesterday they said:
"When we ask for something from [our outsourced provider] they delay and give us jargon, but you guys just deliver it!"
Anyway, very interesting article & I will check out your book!