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Management, Meritocracy, and the "Talent Tax"

Posted by Colin Kingsbury

Nov 7, 2006 12:49:00 PM

John Sumser starts us off today with a partial riposte to Jeff Hunter's post last week on Talent and Spirituality. Both are very worthy reads, but they also manage to tiptoe around the elephant in the room: rising inequality. While this may seem to be a primarily political issue, inequality today is foremost an economic issue, which means it all starts with the HR department. So in celebration of election day here in the US, I'm going to break a rule and talk some politics, just this once.

In the mid 90s two important and controversial books came out from roughly opposite sides of the political aisle and both came to roughly the same conclusion that the US was becoming a meritocracy, and that barring something unusual, it would become more and more meritocratic with each passing day. For those of us that struggle each day with bumbling management, this does not sound like such a bad thing at first. But writ large, the implications become more ominous.

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