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    • @lidja can probably speak most authoritatively on the talent acquisition and retention challenges in the non-profit sector.

      A surprising thing to many people not familiar with the world of non-profits is that development officers (professional fundraisers) are often paid on a higher scale than nearly everyone else on the staff, including top-level administrators. So, an equivalent to “talent acquisition” in the for-profit sector is probably “access acquisition” in the non-profit sector, since access to philanthropic dollars is an absolutely critical piece of a non-profit’s ongoing success.

      Thanks to @Chris’ comment about Steve Jobs’ employment policy, we see the psychology behind the poaching that is sooo prevalent in Silicon Valley. I personally think the idea that there is *one* person in the world that is *best* for any given job is mostly BS, but Silicon Valley seems to love that kind of “tip of the spear” thinking. It is pervasive. (On a related note, I have never seen so much dysfunction as when I served on the board of The Tech Museum. The self-interest at all levels of that organization was unfathomable, but reflected the reality of the way things are done in the Valley.)

    • I don't want to believe in the one person philosophy, but I have to admit that I've lived through a couple times where I've thought, "but for that one person..." It was John Lasseter at Pixar. I don't see how the Mac happens without Bill Atkinson. I don't see how Apple turns around without Steve.

    • ...from the long view, though... do you really believe there would be no CGI animation without John Lasseter? No digital music storage devices without Jobs? No creative computing without Atkinson?

      These people were in the right place at the right time with their particular skill sets to give us *what we now have*... but their accomplishments were all results of the work that many, many people did before they came along and alongside them as well as their own Herculean efforts and vision.

      However, the savior narrative is what a LOT of us prefer to believe...

    • I honestly think I prefer to believe that each of us has the power within us and with enough determination a team of regular people can accomplish amazing things. Those make for great, inspirational stories and they're actually true in the case of John Lassiter (fired from Disney as an animator), Jobs (not a standout until Apple), etc.

      And I do think great computing an animation would have happened anyway without them. But would we have Pixar without Lassiter? Apple without Jobs? I honestly don't think we would.