Managing People as Carefully as Money


Featuring Eric Garton, coauthor of Time, Talent, Energy: Overcome Organizational Drag and Unleash Your Team’s Productive Power.


Thursday, August 10, 2017 | Noon - 1:00 PM US ET

Complimentary Video Webinar
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM US Central
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM US Mountain
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM US Pacific
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM GMT
Eric Garton
Bain & Company


Today, financial capital is relatively abundant and cheap but is carefully managed. Meanwhile, difference-making talent is scarce but is not as carefully managed.

Executives are held in high regard for how they manage and allocate financial capital. Bain & Company’s Eric Garton, author of What If Companies Managed People as Carefully as They Manage Money?, argues that today’s top business leaders need to be equally great at managing human capital.

On August 10, in a live Harvard Business Review webinar, Garton will describe his specific recommendations for managing human capital better, which include: 

  • Measure it. There are numerous measures of financial capital. Leaders need to also measure difference-making talent.
  • Invest human capital just like financial capital. Investments of financial capital are carefully analyzed along several dimensions. Investments in human capital need to be thought of similarly.
  • Monitor it. Financial results are scrutinized. Human capital needs to be assessed with similar rigor.
  • Recognize and reward good management of time, talent, and energy. Historically, leaders are assessed based on financial results, but managing talent needs to also be recognized and rewarded.

By thinking about difference-making human capital as scarce and managing it with greater scrutiny, organizations can improve the return on human capital and the overall performance of the business. To get started on improving your human capital processes and returns, join Eric Garton and HBR.


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