CEO BrainFood

The War For Talent

Episode Summary

Welcome to CEO Brain Food, a show that provides key insights, fresh perspectives, and proven tools that CEOs can apply to build enterprise value, generate higher profits and develop the talent needed to succeed in their businesses. In this episode, host Michael Langhout stresses the importance of hiring high-quality employees that align with sound company culture. Michael provides specific methodologies he utilizes for talent assessment as well as strategies to improve employee education. Finally, Michael provides three key resources for listeners to gain a deeper understanding of the ever-evolving war for talent.

Episode Notes

00:51 – Introducing the host of CEO Brain Food, Michael Langhout
01:18 – The inspiration for this week’s topic, the War for Talent
03:00 – How unemployment has changed over the past few decades
04:02 – The importance of anticipating disruption
06:25 – How the demographic change has affected the ways in which companies hire
07:52 – Adapt or die
08:41 – Culture
10:06 – Companies Michael admires for their culture
11:57 – Talent Assessments
13:37 – The specific methodology Michael uses for talent assessment
16:12 – The biggest surprises companies encounter when Topgrading
20:11 – The importance of viewing workers as learners
22:14 – Harry introduces a new segment: Three Resources
22:44 – The Article Resource
23:42 – The Video Resource
26:04 – The Book Resource
28:30 – Michael leaves the audience with some food for thought


“The economy is robust. The economy is growing rapidly. And, in fact, to match the growth of the economy, if your company is going to be growing, you’re going to be needing to add a lot of people over the next twelve to eighteen months.” (03:24)

“You want your culture to be your brand. In other words, you’d want it to be like a magnet attracting talent from the marketplace for prospective employees.” (08:56)

“It’s the quality of the product that you’re dealing with here. And, you want the best, the very highest quality that you possibly can get for the money that you’re paying.” (19:41)

“Our target is to have one of these podcasts on a topic that is of interest at least a couple of times a month, if not more frequently. I look forward to talking about these topics. They’re exciting, they’re important and they’re very helpful to companies that are trying to grow.” (28:06)


Michael’s LinkedIn

Michael’s Website


The Zappos Culture Book

The War For Talent Article

Topgrading (How To Hire, Coach and Keep A Players)

VIDEO: Jack Stack