Talent acquisition and diversity: It’s not the how or the what but the who

Anthony Haynes writes: We’ve published several posts on diversity issues in talent acquisition — some of them book-based (for example, ‘You don’t really want diversity, do you?) — so I was interested to read a review by Lynise M. Carr of Claudio Fernandez-Araoz’s It’s not the how or the what but the who: succeed by surrounding yourself with the best (Harvard Business Review Press, 2014)

inthotwitw (1)According to Carr,

“Fernández-Aráoz refers to the “WYSIATI” take on decision-making periodically throughout this book.  WYSIATI stands for “What you see is all there is” and this automatic train of thought is a major hindrance for leaders.  Innately we all prefer others that look or behave as we do and have to constantly remember to look deeper into complimentary skills and backgrounds that lead to the most success.  This is the fundamental basis for the way things have always been done … Throughout this book, Fernández-Aráoz provides numerous examples that challenge popular views on recruiting the right candidates and the benefits of diversifying the workforce and executive team”.

The intention was to reblog the entire review, which comes in the ‘Book of the month series’ on Parkside Consulting Group‘s talent management blog. but Wordpress’s reblogging software let us down — so instead I’m providing here a link to the review.

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