I am Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of LinkedIn and a partner at Greylock. Prior to starting LinkedIn, I was Executive Vice President at PayPal. On this site, I will be posting longer essays on entrepreneurship, Silicon Valley, civics, politics, and perhaps some philosophical topics, too.
The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age with Ben Casnocha and Chris Yeh (July 8, 2014)
The employee relationship is broken, leaving managers with an seemingly impossible dilemma: You can’t afford to treat employees like family (which they never were). But you can’t build a lasting, innovative business when every employee acts like a free agent. The alliance is a two-way relationship that lets company and employee work together toward common goals, even when some of their interests differ, and represents a new way of building long-term relationships in today’s volatile economy.
The career escalator is jammed at every level and creative disruption is shaking every industry. Start-ups – and the entrepreneurs who run them – are nimble. They invest in themselves. They build their professional networks. They take intelligent risks. They make uncertainty and volatility work to their advantage. These are the very same skills professionals need to get ahead today. In order to accelerate your career in today’s competitive world, the key is to manage your career as if it were a start-up business: a living, breathing, growing start-up of you.
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