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PA IN THE MEDIA

Is it a smart move to hire a talented but tainted star?

"We can manage self-destructive tendencies but we can’t (and shouldn't)  put up with people, however talented, throwing grenades at others, or grenades that damage our brand..."

 

LESLEY UREN, PA TALENT Management expert

Lesley Uren

Financial Times

1 May 2013

 

THE PROBLEM

Parsons The New School of Design in New York, has hired designer John Galliano to teach a class. Talented and feted, Mr Galliano was sacked by Dior after a drunken antisemitic rant. How does an organisation weigh celebrity and skill with notoriety? 


THE ADVICE

We know that many geniuses are flawed in some way. Our own research highlights the dark side that often accompanies exceptional ability. And when you add intense media scrutiny, it often becomes only a matter of time before some people self-destruct.

But we need these exceptional talents to help our organisations develop, and good human resources can mitigate the less appealing side of any personality. However, we also need that talent to reflect our values and wider societal norms. We can manage self-destructive tendencies but we can’t (and shouldn't)  put up with people, however talented, throwing grenades at others, or grenades that damage our brand and organisation’s reputation.


Lesley Uren is a talent management expert at PA Consulting Group

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