Stop fretting about hiring the best, start living with reality

There are few truly exceptional people, and just as few truly awful ones
By Adrian Savage
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/10/2003

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orth American HR managers have made two broad assumptions about talent, and both are wrong. First, they overestimate the impact talented people have on performance. The second myth is that there is a growing shortage of talent. These misconceptions feed off each other.

If having talented people is essential to corporate growth and supply is short, exceptional measures are clearly justified. But what if neither statement is correct?