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Time, Talent, Energy: Overcome Organizational Drag and Unleash Your Team's Productive Power

Michael C. MankinsMichael C. Mankins   Eric GartonEric Garton

Business leaders know that the key to competitive success is smart management of scarce resources. That's why companies allocate their financial capital so carefully. But capital today is cheap and abundant, no longer a source of advantage. The truly scarce resources now are the time, the talent, and the energy of the people in your organization—resources that are too often squandered. There's plenty of advice about how to manage them, but most of it focuses on individual actions. What's really needed are organizational solutions that can unleash a company's full productive power and enable it to outpace competitors.

Building off of the popular Harvard Business Review article, "Your Scarcest Resource," Michael Mankins and Eric Garton, Bain & Company experts in organizational design and effectiveness, present new research into how you can liberate people's time, talent, and energy and unleash your organization's productive power. They identify the specific causes of organizational drag—the collection of institutional factors that slow things down, decrease output, and drain people's energy—and then offer a simple framework for how managers can overcome it. With practical advice for using the framework and in-depth examples showing how the best companies manage their people's time, talent, and energy with as much discipline as they do their financial capital, this book shows managers how to create a virtuous circle of high performance.

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Mark Fields quote"Mankins and Garton uncover the new key to competitive advantage—disciplined management of human capital—and outline the steps leaders can take to harness the productive power of their people."

- Mark Fields, President and CEO,
  Ford Motor Company

Peter Coleman quote"An absorbing read that outlines the synergies between the organizational elements of time, talent, and energy and how to best harness those components. A persuasive guide for any leader to follow in their quest to drive their organization to longevity and success."

- Peter Coleman, CEO,
  Woodside Petroleum

Irene Rosenfeld quote"The idea of allocating human capital as rigorously as financial capital is a really powerful one. This book brings that idea to life with impactful and practical examples for leaders looking to increase the effectiveness of their workforce."

- Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman and CEO,
  Mondelēz International

Sandy Ogg quote"No company can succeed without harnessing the time, talent, and energy of its workforce. This book outlines how to tap into these scarce resources. Read it and win."

- Sandy Ogg, founder, CEO.works;
  former Chief Human Resources Officer,
  Unilever

Andrew N. Liveris quote"A concise and practical guide for managing scarce resources and unlocking the full potential of your organization, Time, Talent, Energy is more than an insightful book. It's an essential read for all CEOs and senior executives who want to get the most out of their workforce."

- Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman and CEO,
  Dow Chemical Company

Michael Dell quote"Time, Talent, Energy makes a compelling case for why every CEO and senior leader should focus on managing human capital to beat the competition."

- Michael Dell, Chairman and CEO,
  Dell Technologies

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Most companies have elaborate procedures for managing capital. They require a compelling business case for any new investment. Read article >
Michael Mankins video
In an era when capital is superabundant, time, talent and energy are the critically scarce resources for companies. Watch video >
Eric Garton video
Unlocking the time, the talent and the energy of your workforce is the key to tackling low productivity growth. Watch video >

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