Friday, June 24, 2005

Tom Peters on talent

The uber-guru has published yet another little book, called Talent.

I highly recommend the book to anyone who wants to survive in today's economy, where any job (especially knowledge-intensive jobs) can be grabbed by smart, hungry and extremely ambitious workers from India.

The old economy was job-centric: after you graduate, what do you do? Look for a job. It was that simple.

Today's economy is talent-centric: no job is permanent and secure. The only source of economic security is your talent (if you have one).

But Tom Peters doesn't mean talent in the Broadway sense or in the Hollywood sense. He means something you do very well, which actually helps companies compete better. In other words, your talent must contribute to the business success of your employer.

This, of course, means you have to understand business and how your employer actually makes money.

More later.