Thursday, October 23, 2008
Talking About Talent At Stream 08
By Dave Morgan I recently attended "Stream 08," an "un-conference" in Greece co-hosted by Sir Martin Sorrell of WPP and Yossi Vardi. Yossi, one of the world's best and most prominent technology investors and entrepreneurs, is famous for his un-conferences, which are basically open-source events where all of the participants are expected not only to listen and engage with speakers, but to be presenters as well. The focus of the events is to establish original dialogue among a diverse group of entrepreneurs, executives and, in this case, marketers and advertising agency folks. It was a pretty extraordinary couple of days and I can certainly say that I came away enriched -- whether it was learning about the surprising opportunities for mobile Internet in East Africa, hearing Sir Martin's extremely well-thought-out perspective on the current financial crisis and its global ramifications, or meeting some great entrepreneurs working on some really cool ideas.
Since you can't just be a sponge at one of these events, but must contribute as well, I led a small session on recruiting and retaining talent in start-up companies. It was a lot of fun. And, in the true spirit of an "un-conference," I found a co-leader in one of the other participants ten minutes into the session, when Jason Calacanis, the CEO of Mahalo, walked up and joined our group. As those of you who have followed Jason's career and writings know, Jason has been a real leader in the Internet industry in building talented teams and in managing them through both good times and bad. Plus, he's never been afraid to share either his experiences or his opinions. A lot of our discussion centered on the challenges of finding the right people to work in your organizations and then how to evaluate, motivate and compensate them.
The group came up with some great insights through the course of the session. Here are some that really stuck with me:
These were some of our thoughts on recruiting, retaining and motivating talent in our organizations. What do you think of them? Any lessons of your own to add?
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Dave Morgan, founder of TACODA and Real Media, is Chairman of -- and a partner in -- The Tennis Company, which owns TENNIS.com, and TENNIS and SMASH Magazines.
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