The New People Pact: Reinventing the Employer-Employee Compact In An Entrepreneurial Age

SHRM 2013 Strategy Conference
You’ll get inspiring new perspectives on how great people, like great companies, are always evolving - they’re never finished and never fully developed. This session will help you understand how to take this point of view and turn it into personal and professional success.
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If you want to recruit, train, and retain the best people for your company, understand this: the old employer employee compact is dead. Stability doesn’t rule. In today’s entrepreneurial age, the best employees are not pledging lifelong loyalty to your company. Instead, they want to be “entrepreneurial” at work -- and they’ll readily leave if they don’t feel like they are growing personally and professionally. Don’t shy away from this reality; embrace it. Entrepreneurial employees drive business success. These are the creative, adaptive superstars who make your company adaptive. Learn from Silicon Valley, which has long nurtured this kind of talent via a different sort of HR strategy.

Based on his forthcoming book from Harvard Business Review Press, Ben presents a revolutionary way to make a new people pact work for our company. You will learn:

How to create a mutually beneficial relationship between your company and employees that’s based on reciprocity - a two-way flow of value.

  • How to craft 2-4 year “tours of duty” with your key employees that ultimately boosts retention.
  • Why it’s a good thing for your employees to keep their LinkedIn profiles up-to-date.
  • The surprising importance of a “corporate alumni network” -- and how to form one for your own organization.
  • The little things that Netflix, Amazon, LinkedIn and others do to support entrepreneurial employees who want to take risks, grow their network, and build their personal brand while working a 9-5 job.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Ben Casnocha


Ben Casnocha is an award-winning entrepreneur and author from Silicon Valley. He is co-author, with LinkedIn founder and chairman Reid Hoffman, of the #1 New York Times best-selling book The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career. They are also authors of The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age, a highly anticipated book based on his article in Harvard Business Review entitled Tours of Duty: The New Employer-Employee Compact. Casnocha has himself written for Newsweek, the American Enterprise Institute, NPR’s “Marketplace” and the US State Department.

In addition to his writing, Casnocha is a technology entrepreneur. He founded Comcate, Inc., a leading e-government software company, at age 14. He wrote a book about his experience titled My Start-Up Life. PoliticsOnline named him one of the “25 most influential people in the world of Internet and politics.” He also incubates and advises Internet entrepreneurs at Wasabi Ventures. BusinessWeek named him among “one of America’s top young entrepreneurs,” and dozens of outlets have covered his work, including CNN, The Economist and CNBC.

Ben Casnocha is an accomplished world traveler and speaker. He has spoken to tens of thousands of people around the world. He’s traversed alleyways in Morocco, deserts in northern Chile and busy streets in China. He has experience leading inspiring global conversations about entrepreneurship, careers and the future of work.


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