Talent Management Playing To Win: 3 Reasons To Ditch Your Industry “Expert”

March 8, 2016 Harry West

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The Cleveland Browns are a 70-year-old football team that has been struggling to win consistently for the last 25 years. A steady stream of bad news emanates from the Browns—failed draft picks, struggling quarterbacks and a biannual pummeling by their archrival, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

But the Browns did something this year that made the sports world take note: For a key executive position, they hired a baseball person. After struggling with “football people” for years, they decided to turn to someone whose general expertise is founded in another sport entirely, but still focused on collaboration, analytics and improving decision-making.

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