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Talent Wars and Disgruntled Employees: I'm Confused

Posted Oct 15 2008 10:21am

Before I start: Join Kevin Eikenberry and me at 2 p.m. ET today (it's free) by simply registering here. It's a chance not just to hear us talk about your potential and your workplace, but to ask questions as well. Hope to see you there!

Now: Why I'm confused.

Confused You've no doubt followed the ongoing headlines regarding the corporate "War for Talent" in recent years. Companies claim that there is a shortage of available talent.

At the same time I'm seeing posts and comments from people claiming that their "talents" aren't being used and that their workplace/boss/situation is oppressive.

My question: If you are talented and disgruntled and have made an attempt to rectify the situation without success, then what payoff are you getting by staying where you are?

I work in corporations every day and am constantly surrounded by talented people. For the life of me I can't find the shortage.

In the same places I hear those talented people complaining about unreasonable work loads and unreasonable bosses.

What I don't see is either side taking meaningful action to make anything different.

Are we living in an era of u nhealthy corporate/career co-dependency? If so, why?

I have a hunch regarding at least part of the answer. I'll put it together tonight before heading off to the WorldBlu Conference. I'll be writing from there throughout the day on Thursday and Friday.

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