The Talent War: How Special Operations and Great Organizations Win on Talent

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In our modern business landscape, the war for talent is more complex than ever. You need to attract and retain the best talent for your organization to win, but without the right strategy or mindset, you won’t be able to compete. If your revenue is declining, you’re losing market share to your competition, or your organizational health is deteriorating, it’s time to evolve how you approach this never-ending war. After all, your PEOPLE—not your product or service—are your strongest competitive advantage.

The Talent War explores how US Special Operations Forces (SOF) assess, select, and develop their world-class talent. You’ll learn how to adopt a talent mindset, the single greatest weapon you can possess in the war for talent. When your organization reflects this mindset, you will hire, train, and develop the right people, and put them in the best positions to make decisions that allow you to retake the advantage and win the war.

Editorial Reviews


"As CEO of a cybersecurity company, I fight The Talent War every day. Fortunately, I've had a front row seat to the principles of The Talent War applied in real-time. They just work and could shift the momentum in your favor."
--Matthew Moynahan, CEO, Forcepoint

"As a third-generation family business, finding and retaining talent is the key factor to our long-term success. Quality of character is hard to identify on a resume; let The Talent War give you invaluable insight to find and create winning teams."
--Twylah Blotsky, President & CEO, Butler Machinery Company

"The Talent War provides critical insights into what it actually takes to recruit and retain the best talent in this VUCA environment."
--Joe DePinto, President & CEO, 7-Eleven, Inc.

"Anyone who hires and leads people knows that excellent teams don't happen by accident. The Talent War shows how the hiring practices used by our Special Operations community can be used by any business to build and retain exceptional teams."
--Evan Loomis, Co-Founder, ICON and Author of 'Get Backed'

"Having worked in two industries, where the product of the business is the talent you field, it begins with a great hiring process. The Talent War draws upon the lessons learned from over 50 years of selecting and developing high performing teams to provide actionable insights for any business competing for talent."
--Brian Decker, Director of Player Development, Indianapolis Colts, and former US Army Special Forces Officer

"As a nominating committee member for Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year, I assess hundreds of companies and their leaders. The differentiator between those that are selected and those that are not, comes down to TALENT. Every winner and finalist over the last 34 years has a talent mindset. Mike and George lay the groundwork on how to select and retain the best talent."
--David Cochran, Executive Vice President, Colliers International

About the Author

Mike Sarraille is the CEO of EF Overwatch, an executive search and talent advisory firm, and leadership consultant with Echelon Front. He is a former Recon Marine and retired US Navy SEAL officer with twenty years of experience in Special Operations, including the elite Joint Special Operations Command.

George Randle is a Strategic Advisor to EF Overwatch, former US Army officer, and Vice President of Global Talent Acquisition at Forcepoint, a human-centric cybersecurity company. George has more than two decades of experience in talent acquisition at Fortune 100 and Fortune 1000 firms.

Dr. Josh Cotton is an expert in talent assessment and employee effectiveness. He has designed scientifically valid candidate selection practices for the US Navy SEALs and Fortune 100 companies, and has advised leaders at DuPont, Omnicom, CSX, and Flowserve.

Product details

  • Publication date : November 10, 2020
  • Print length : 296 pages
  • Publisher : Lioncrest Publishing (November 10, 2020)
  • ASIN : B08GFG5C53
  • Language: : English
  • Page numbers source ISBN : 1544515561