• About the Author: Eric Garton

    Eric Garton is a partner in Bain & Company’s Chicago office and leader of the firm’s Global Organization practice. He is coauthor of Time, Talent, Energy: Overcome Organizati…

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15 Oct. 2017 | Comments (0)
What If Companies Managed People as Carefully as They Manage Money?
In contrast, today’s scarcest resource is your human capital, as measured by the time, talent and energy of your workforce. Time, whether measured by hours in a day or days in a career, is finite. Difference-making talent is also scarce. The average company considers only about 15% of its employees to be difference makers. Finding, developing, and retaining this talent is hard — so much so that the business press refers to a “war” for talent.

07 Sep. 2017 | Comments (0)
The Case for Investing More in People
“Productivity isn’t everything, but in the long run it is almost everything,” wrote Paul Krugman more than 20 years ago. “A country’s ability to improve its standard of living over time depends almost entirely on its ability to raise output per worker.” There is a virtuous cycle between productivity and people: Higher levels of productivity allow society to reinvest in human capital and smart investments result in higher labor productivity.

10 Jul. 2017 | Comments (0)
How to Be an Inspiring Leader
When employees aren’t just engaged, but inspired, that’s when organizations see real breakthroughs. Inspired employees are themselves far more productive and, in turn, inspire those around them to strive for greater heights.