Are Great Employees Overrated?

A session at SXSW Interactive 2012

Sunday 11th March, 2012

5:00pm to 6:00pm (CST)

Who is worth more — one amazing employee or one hundred adequate ones? You've heard about the war for talent. If your business is looking to take over the world (or just your industry), how do you first build your talent pool? Do you fill your ranks with free-agent superstars, or foster a team of people whose names will never make the marquee, but are skilled enough to make your company a success? Your choice has implications for your culture, and your bottom line. This debate kicked up a tremendous response on the Harvard Business Review's website (hbr.org), but the jury is still out. What makes the world go 'round — individual brilliance or group genius?

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George Anders

Author: The Rare Find, Penguin/Portfolio

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Michael Schrage

Research Fellow, MIT Center for Digital Business Visiting Fellow, Imperial College Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Laurie Ruettimann

Social Media Strategist, Human Resources Expert, Career Blogger

HR Chick. Formidable Career Blogger. Director of Social Media. Cat Lady. Pixie of the Apocalypse.

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Eric Hellweg

Editor, hbr.org, Harvard Business Review

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Roy Bahat

Pres, IGN Entertainment

Roy Bahat is President of IGN Entertainment, a leader in videogames media, which he joined in 2007 after serving in a business development role at News Corporation. Roy is on the board of Revision3, and was a board observer at Flixster before it was acquired by Warner Bros. He is also a lecturer at UC Berkeley, where he teaches the media course at the Haas School of Business and the School of Information. Before joining News Corp., Roy worked on various startups and was in the public sector, both in the office of New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and at New York's 2012 Olympic bid. Roy graduated from Harvard College and was a Rhodes Scholar.

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8 attendees

  • Eric Hellweg
  • George Anders
  • James Mayes
  • Laurie Ruettimann
  • Patrick Woods
  • Roy Bahat
  • Tammy Johns
  • Travis Waggoner

7 trackers

  • adilwali
  • Calvin Ly
  • Dane Knecht
  • Katie Hollowell
  • Roman Karachinsky
  • Ryan Berg
  • Janna Bastow

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Time 5:00pm6:00pm CST

Date Sun 11th March 2012

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