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Talent Valuation: Accelerate Market Capitalization through Your Most Important Asset


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Finally: accurately measure the impact of human capital investments, and link talent directly to shareholder valuation

  • A detailed framework for measuring the value of HR and the quality of its talent acquisition and management efforts
  • Practical guidance on pinpointing the areas of investment that offer the greatest opportunity in your company and industry – and refocusing HR accordingly
  • Identify which people and roles are producing disproportionate value, and determine the true asset of value of talent you don't "own"
  • Indispensable tools for strengthening HR's business acumen, credibility, and partnership role
  • By Linda Brenner and Tom McGuire, two of North America's most experienced and innovative talent management leaders


  • Copyright 2015
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • Pages: 240
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-400968-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-400968-1

Master the first comprehensive, credible framework for measuring HR's value and the quality of its talent acquisition/management efforts! Reflecting their immense experience leading talent management and consulting on enterprise talent strategy, Linda Brenner and Tom McGuire introduce a powerful new metric: the Intellectual Capital Index (ICI). Built on extensive financial analysis of Fortune® 500 companies, ICI helps you rigorously identify specific areas of intellectual capital that drive the most value in your company, and refocus HR accordingly. Using it, you can:

  • More effectively quantify the return on your human capital investments
  • Measure the quality and value of your most important talent
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the drivers of value in their organization
  • Recognize the drivers of intellectual capital within their companies
  • Measure and improve talent quality: your most important talent metric

Brenner and McGuire help you finally overcome long-time controversies and obstacles to valuing talent. Using accepted financial techniques, you'll walk through:

  • Identifying which people and roles are producing disproportionate value
  • Determining the true asset of value of talent you don't "own"
  • Gaining deeper insight into the "active" and "inert" components of intellectual capital
  • Organizing structures and business processes to activate your talent and liberate latent value
  • Choosing and applying the most effective talent metrics
  • Refocusing HR on the talent issues, skills, and competencies that matter most

Talent Valuation offers indispensable tools and insights for C-level executives, HR leaders, strategists, investors, analysts, researchers, students – and anyone concerned with measuring, optimizing, and communicating the business value of talent.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     1
Chapter 1: Important vs. Critical Talent: What if the Beatles Had Been a Company?     7
Chapter 2: Is Your Most Important Asset Really an Asset?     17
Chapter 3: Valuing and Evaluating Companies and Their Intellectual Capital     25
Chapter 4: Understanding Active and Inert Components of Intellectual Capital     47
Chapter 5: Identifying Critical Roles Through Work Processes     59
Chapter 6: The New Talent Strategy Game Plan     77
Chapter 7: The Only Metric that Matters     99
Chapter 8: Attracting and Retaining the Human Capitalist Investor     123
Chapter 9: Looking Back and Looking Forward     141
Chapter 10: Who Is Responsible? What Is the Purpose of HR?     157
Conclusion     183
Appendix     193
Defined Terms     201
Index     203


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