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The "smaller rather than larger pay differences" are pretty closely followed among the clients with whom I work.

The organizations get into difficulty when they start squeezing more out of employees for a meager pay raise--and then the annual report shows the gap between the CEO/Executive Team and the others. And, the executive increases make the issue an even more emotional one.

Wally Bock

The ideas contained in War for Talent are pernicious for the reasons you've outlined. Let me add two more.

Success is rooted in the team, not the superstar. Even Michael Jordan couldn't bring a championship to Chicago by himself.

The keys to individual team success are systems and the team's supervisor. The systems are a corporate feature, but even in lousy corporations, there are great supervisors leading teams with high productivity and high morale.

Valeria Maltoni


I think there are great people who don't come with a superstar complex. We keep forgetting about all the other people who may or may not get to do great work in companies.

It's about the people *and* the opportunities that the systems companies put in place afford them. I could give you most of my career as an example. And I can tell you I succeeded largely despite the fact that most systems resisted what was possible.

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