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The ACE Advantage
The ACE Advantage

The ACE Advantage

How Smart Companies Unleash Talent for Optimal Performance


240 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: PDF, Trade Paper, Mobipocket, EPUB

Trade Paper, $34.95 (US $34.95) (CA $37.95)

Publication Date: May 2012

ISBN 9781586442705

Rights: WOR

Society For Human Resource Mgt (May 2012)
Society For Human Resource Management


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Executives are beginning to realize that the most effective way to fight the recession or to conquer competitive challenges is not to retreat, but to optimize every asset under management—especially an organization’s human resources. This groundbreaking book argues against historical assumptions regarding managing talent and how human capital should be perceived. Introducing three factors—Alignment, Capabilities, and Engagement (ACE)—this guide demonstrates how ACE forms the framework for optimizing, managing, and measuring the value contribution of human resources to the strategic and operational success of an organization. Answering questions such as Are we optimally using the talent we have acquired? Are we bringing in, developing, and retaining the right talent? and Are we developing leaders effectively? this is the perfect resource for business leaders in companies of all sizes.


“Today, more than ever before, engaged employees who embrace the vision and values of the company while doing meaningful work are the key to organizational success. Bill's book shares key elements and actions on what leaders need to do to build enduring organizations that create positive lasting memories for their customers, their people, and their shareholders.”  —Garry Ridge, CEO, WD-40 Company

"The ACE Advantage is an essential talent guide for leaders. Great approach for building strong leaders and leveraging talent across the globe."  —Donald Crosby, senior vice president, International and Corporate Human Resources, McDonald's Corporation

"Schiemann offers a brilliant and simple framework for improving talent: people equity that comes from alignment, capabilities, and engagement. This ACE framework can be used to hire, develop, motivate, and retain talent at all levels. This book is a wonderful contribution of ideas, tools, cases, and actions for turning talent aspirations and ideals into actions and results."  —Dave Ulrich, professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

"With The ACE Advantage, Bill Schiemann and his colleagues provide an actionable framework that show how significantly alignment, capabilities, and engagement drive organizational success, and how they can be used to significantly improve talent management."  —Dr. John Boudreau, professor and research director, Center for Effective Organizations, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California

"The ACE model provides the what, why, and how for talent optimization. It is a powerful new framework for helping leaders realize the value of their human capital investments."  —Ralph Izzo, CEO, Public Service Enterprise Group, Inc.

Author Biography

William A. Schiemann is the chairman and CEO of Metrus Group. He is the author of Reinventing Talent Management: How to Maximize Performance in the New Marketplace and coauthor of Bullseye! Hitting Your Strategic Targets through High-Impact Measurement. He lives in Somerville, New Jersey. Peter Cappelli is the George W. Taylor Professor of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the director of the school's Center for Human Resources. He is the author or editor of books that include Employment Relations, Employment Strategies, The New Deal at Work, and Talent on Demand. He lives in Philadelphia.