Talent Wants to Be Free - Lobel, Orly - Yale University Press


Talent Wants to Be Free

Why We Should Learn to Love Leaks, Raids, and Free Riding

  • Orly Lobel
      REVIEWS             PREVIEW             CONTENTS             EXCERPTS      

2014 Axiom Business Book Awards Gold Seal winner in the Human Resources/Employee Training category.

Won a Gold Medal in the Business/Career/ and Sales category for the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Winner of the 2014 Thorsnes Prizes for Outstanding Legal Scholarship, sponsored by the University of San Diego.

Winner of the 2014 International Book Awards in the Law, and Business/Careers categories, sponsored by the American Book Fest.

Won the 2014 USA Best Book Awards in the Law & Business and Careers categories.

Listen to Orly Lobel in an interview on the Brett Winterble podcast

This timely book challenges conventional business wisdom about competition, secrecy, motivation, and creativity. Orly Lobel, an internationally acclaimed expert in the law and economics of human capital, warns that a set of counterproductive mentalities are stifling innovation in many regions and companies. Lobel asks how innovators, entrepreneurs, research teams, and every one of us who experiences the occasional spark of creativity can triumph in today’s innovation ecosystems.   In every industry and every market, battles to recruit, retain, train, energize, and motivate the best people are fierce. From Facebook to Google, Coca-Cola to Intel, JetBlue to Mattel, Lobel uncovers specific factors that produce winners or losers in the talent wars. Combining original behavioral experiments with sharp observations of contemporary battles over ideas, secrets, and skill, Lobel identifies motivation, relationships, and mobility as the most important ingredients for successful innovation. Yet many companies embrace a control mentality—relying more on patents, copyright, branding, espionage, and aggressive restrictions of their own talent and secrets than on creative energies that are waiting to be unleashed. Lobel presents a set of positive changes in corporate strategies, industry norms, regional policies, and national laws that will incentivize talent flow, creativity, and growth. This vital and exciting reading reveals why everyone wins when talent is set free.

Orly Lobel is Herzog Professor of Law at the University of San Diego, where she is founding member and professor of the Center for Intellectual Property and Markets. A world traveler, she lives in La Jolla, CA.