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The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age

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A New York Times Bestseller

Introducing the new, realistic loyalty pact between employer and employee.

The employer-employee relationship is broken, and managers face a seemingly impossible dilemma: the old model of guaranteed long-term employment no longer works in a business environment defined by continuous change, but neither does a system in which every employee acts li
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by Harvard Business Review Press
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Brad Feld
Jul 27, 2014 Brad Feld rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business
Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, and Chris Yeh have written an outstanding and important book called The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age. I encourage you to get a copy right now and read it this weekend. If you are a CEO of a company Foundry Group has invested in, there’s no need to buy it – I just ordered 100 of them and they will be in your hands soon.

Reid and Ben previously wrote a book called The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career. I
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Risto Kärkkäinen
Jul 20, 2014 Risto Kärkkäinen rated it liked it
It's mainly content marketing of Linkedin wrapped in a book form. However, there is quite relevant information on human resource management. It helps understand how big corporations should manage entrepreneurial employees. This could have been great HBR article
Terry
May 20, 2015 Terry rated it liked it
Uneven, stilted writing style. At times it sounds as if it was transcribed from a conversation verbatim. I don't trust companies to have the gumption to even approach this framework until a saturation point is hit and there is no choice but to find a mechanism to promote employee retention. Given the results-oriented nature of management and companies, having the foresight and courage to actively do career development and care about employee values seems bizarre and naive...and that is a good ...more
Mike Lewis
Sep 07, 2014 Mike Lewis rated it really liked it
Really liked this book especially given that i'm doing a lot of hiring and managing of people. A good framework for how to set career and employee goals.
Joe
Jul 17, 2016 Joe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: product, career
Chapter 1: Employment in the Networked Age
• The fundamental disconnect of modern employment: the employer-employee relationship is based on a dishonest conversation
• The goal of The Alliance is to provide a framework for moving from a transactional to a relation approach. Think of employment as an alliance: a mutually beneficial deal, with explicit terms, between independent players.
• Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix: "We're a team, not a family" "Which of my people, if they me they were leaving
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Trevor
Aug 21, 2014 Trevor rated it it was amazing
In The Alliance, Hoffman et al make a convincing case for updating hiring best practices to reflect the ever-changing reality of the modern world. Hoffman explains that the current generation of workers no longer expects to spend their careers tied to a single employer or industry. Instead of pensions the current generation is focused on personal development. The Alliance suggests that employers and employees enter into mutually agreed upon "tours of duty" designed to accomplish very specific ...more
Wayne McCoy
Apr 22, 2015 Wayne McCoy rated it really liked it
'The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age' by Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha and Chris Yeh is a fresh look at what it looks like to be employed in the 21st century, where there is no guaranteed employment and employees want to act like free agents. What is a company to do?

The book creates a framework for employment in this age by looking at how some companies are doing this, primarily, LinkedIn. Discussed are tours of duty, where an employee and company decide on frameworks that hopefully
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Jill
Jun 08, 2016 Jill rated it it was ok
I heard Ben Casnocha give a keynote speech at a conference and was intrigued by his idea on creating employment alliances. Basically, it seems like he is calling for greater transparency and authenticity of relationships in the working world.

I enjoyed the book and think the concept has merit. My criticism is that I don't think it can apply well outside the business world and white collar jobs (which It might not be meant to.) I also think the book itself was trying to stretch a pretty straightf
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Christina Jain
Oct 14, 2015 Christina Jain rated it liked it
Shelves: business
This book reads like a TedTalk painfully stretched out into 155-pages of spacious lettering. It could've been half as long and just as effective. In addition, the authors weave in spotless success stories which lack emotional strength, of folks who've moved up and around the ladder at Linkedin. The thought process of someone working through struggle or a tough decision would have been far more interesting and potentially more powerful as a teaching tool.

That aside, the book is a great intro to
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Todd Webb
Jul 30, 2014 Todd Webb rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
These days the idea of "lifelong employment" seems quaint and antiquated. Employment relationships simply don't work that way anymore. "The Alliance" starts from this point of view and provides a clear, focused, and practical strategy to build mutually beneficial employee employer relationships. The strategy has three parts: a "Tour of Duty" approach to career planning, a focus on leveraging the mutual benefit of "Network Intelligence", and evolving from a "lifelong employment" view to "lifelong ...more
Wil Reynolds
Feb 10, 2015 Wil Reynolds rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book, will change the prism by which you look at employer-employee relations. As a business owner and manager I find that getting in groups and talking about how people "don't stay long these days" does nothing to change that reality. This book, helps you to embrace that reality and actually gives you wants to prep for it, and ultimately empower employees. It also gives tons of examples of how to put that new reality to work for you, get on it, whether you are an employee, a manager, or an ...more
Ryan Riggin
Jul 22, 2014 Ryan Riggin rated it it was amazing
I saw Hoffman on Charlie Rose the other night talking about this book and decided to read it. This book is a really great perspective on the paradigm shift that is happening with employee/company relationships. Hoffman describes these new relationships as 'Alliances,' and discusses how LinkedIn thinks of 'Jobs' as 'Tours of Duty' where employees spend shorter periods of time working in roles to hone one skill set or another that helps them develop along their desired career path. I would highly ...more
Miglen Evlogiev
Jul 25, 2016 Miglen Evlogiev rated it really liked it
Practical guide for new work models that encourages companies and individuals to invest in each other realizing that the lifetime employment of the Industrial Age is over. I would summarize that the book has 3 main ideas - Tours of duty, Network Intelligence and Corporate Alumni and it comes a bit watered with examples from LinkedIn.
Josh Maher
Jul 28, 2014 Josh Maher rated it it was amazing
Really impressed with the concepts in this book. I hadn't quite thought about careers with this specific framework. It is instructive though in helping to think through both staffing and career planning. The tour of duty concept and the focus on outcomes for the company and the employee are great places to spend time thinking about.
Ryan Seamons
Jun 03, 2015 Ryan Seamons rated it really liked it
Shelves: networking
Another great forward thinking book about the way networking, branding, and work are changing in our world. A must read for any manager or employer who wants to remain competitive in any real way. Companies that create an alliance with employees (and many companies already do in some way) will easily win over companies that don't.
Arash Narchi
Jul 04, 2015 Arash Narchi rated it it was amazing
The concepts in this book is not new, but it has been revamped LinkedIn style to address the changes in modern employement. An engaging page turner for all.

My blog on this book:

http://blog.7geese.com/2014/09/05/how...
Jose Papo
Aug 12, 2014 Jose Papo rated it it was amazing
Required reading for all "Human Resources"/Talent Acquisition professionals and for companies who really wants to have a 21st Century workplace. The book is very practical and I believe should be required on any HR training.
Russ Mathers
Aug 18, 2014 Russ Mathers rated it really liked it
Good book, interesting take on how employment has changed from staying with one company for a lifetime career to now how people change companies several times, and sometimes "boomerang" back to a company for a repeat.
Kelly
Jul 15, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it
Great little book; Deloitte used to exemplify this back in my early days with the firm. Really good ideas for anyone leading an organization or involved in professional development, talent, or HR.
Liuyang Li
Oct 08, 2016 Liuyang Li rated it it was ok
The book contains interesting ideas, but is loquacious. Reading Hoffman's blog is a more efficient way of getting the core ideas.
Irene
Sep 06, 2016 Irene rated it really liked it
Shelves: work
This NY Times bestselling book about managing employees in the modern workplace offers one big idea. It’s not hard to understand and the book is filled with examples that are helpful and illuminating in varying degrees. Like most popular business and management books I’ve read, the “big idea” is driven home again and again, the content is a bit repetitive, the language is very easy to skim, and the book itself could have been one really great Harvard Business Review or Atlantic article, but was ...more
Marc Nissen
Nov 14, 2015 Marc Nissen rated it really liked it
Eine Allianz fürs Leben.

Irgendwie kam mir dieser 80iger Jahre commercial spot einer großen Versicherung wieder in den Sinn, als ich dieses Buch las. Nicht nur weil der Buchtitel dieses nahelegt, sondern auch weil eines der mission statements, der Wechsel des Arbeitsverhältnisses von lifelong employment hinzu einer lifelong alliance ist - eine Allianz fürs Leben.
Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha und Chris Yeh liefern ein kurzweiliges Werk ab, das Grundlagen des performance managements vor allem für fir
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Jamie
Jan 03, 2016 Jamie rated it liked it
One thing I like about this book is that it’s got a clear, unambiguous purpose: to provide a new framework for how the employer-employee relationship should work in “this new digital age.” Well, at least for some employees, like knowledge workers and managers. And at least for some companies, like high tech companies and others that have a lot of different functions. At least the ones operating in certain environments where talented employees are at a premium and have options for changing ...more
Mark Steed
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In his latest book, Harvard Business School Professor, John Kotter, argues that established hierarchical managerial structures do not provide the agility for organisations to respond sufficiently quickly to take advantages of the narrow windows of opportunity that present themselves. Kotter's solution is that firms should re-organise themselves to be able to cope with the demands of an increasingly changing world. In particular, firms should augment the
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Bill
Oct 08, 2016 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not what I expected

Written by the co-founder of LinkedIn, how they recruit, train and retain employees in the hyper-competitive job market of Silicon Valley. Excellent chapters on employee networks and company-sponsored alumni programs.
Richard
Oct 24, 2014 Richard rated it it was ok
I think with a book like this, if you come away with one or two good actionable ideas, the book would deserve a 5-star rating. Even if you just get a new perspective or food for thought, the book is worthwhile. I admit I'm not in the target audience for this book, and so my rather tepid 2-star rating. The authors present two or three core ideas: "tours of duty" replacing the lifetime employment mythology, encourage and plan for networking, and utilize alumni networks.

Sometimes the book seems lik
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Jonathan Perez
Jul 12, 2016 Jonathan Perez rated it it was amazing
I saw Reid Hoffman in a Bloomberg West interview weeks ago and decided to add this short book to my reading list. It is a short but powerful reminder of the way our working lives are going to change. Our parent's era of predictable advancement is gone. Short-term cycles in business require that companies be flexible. Hence they often treat employees as short term commodities. Loyalty is not rewarded anymore. This is a tricky game where no one will benefit because the employees will eventually ...more
Tresuiri
This book is short and to the point discussing the value of the employee's network. I think the authors have a valid technical point, and have their heart in the right place. They're basically advocating the principle 'do the best you can with what you have' - one I happen to say from time to time too. With the rise of disruptive influences of technology on the labor market, it is no surprise that corporations have moved away from the traditional employee-employer relationship. Where one might ...more
Dave
Aug 24, 2016 Dave rated it it was ok
The Alliance, published this spring to many positive reviews, written by trio of Silicon Valley execs including Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn founder, promises a new roadmap for employee development and a new social contract for employee-employer relationships. A new paradigm that is set in the reality of today’s business and economic environment; a paradigm that fills the vacuum left by the destruction of the old employment for life model, if such a model ever existed on a wide scale. Yet, the ...more
Alexander
Sep 28, 2014 Alexander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the past forty years, the relationship between employers and employees has changed. Lifetime employment has become a thing of the past while talent is now expected to hop from job to job. While this state of affairs offers unprecedented labor mobility, it also reduces trust. Employers don't invest in their employees as much because they don't want to waste resources on people that won't stay. Employees aren't loyal to their companies because they feel that they are expendable.

It is this lack
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Reid Hoffman is a Partner at Greylock, and Co-Founder and Executive Chairman at LinkedIn.

Reid joined Greylock Partners in 2009. His areas of focus include consumer Internet, enterprise 2.0, mobile, social gaming, online marketplaces, payments, and social networks. Reid likes to work with products that can reach hundreds of millions of participants and businesses that have network effects.

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