Talent management lessons from Apple: A case study of the world’s most valuable firm

“This past August Apple became the most valuable corporation in the world based on market capitalization, surpassing every firm in the technology industry and every other industry! As a consumer products company, its prolonged growth spurt is even more amazing because it has continued through economic times when consumers are reluctant to spend what little they have,” Dr. John Sullivan writes for ERE.net.

“The extraordinary valuation is not a result of 30+ years of stellar performance. Apple has failed at many things,” Sullivan writes. “Its success isn’t the result of access to special equipment, manufacturing capability, or a great location, but rather superior leadership, access to great talent, and unusual talent management approaches.”

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Sullivan writes, “Visits to the headquarters and interviews with HR leaders convinced me that there are lessons to be learned from this company. After two decades of researching and analyzing Apple’s approach to talent management, I have compiled a list of the key differentiators. If you are a manager at another organization and you want to duplicate its results, this case study will give you direction.”

Much more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “krquet” for the heads up.]


  1. notice the last part about work/life balance. apple wants workaholics who live at the office. it works with young kids out of college before they get married and have their own kids. once that happens expect a huge exodus.

    maybe that’s why iphones keep getting lost at bars. people with kids rarely go to bars.

    happened to microsoft years ago. i’ve heard of it kind of happening at google. happens everywhere.

    1. …”once that happens expect a huge exodus. “

      I’m not sure exactly when should we expect that exodus. Apple wasn’t started 5 years ago; the corporate culture has been like this for the past (at least) 15 years. Those who came after college are almost 40 today. Clearly, those who got exhausted by the pace of the work have slowly left over the years, and were slowly replaced by bright new talent with the same zeal.

      Apple isn’t federal government, where someone works the same job for 30 years. It is a dynamic company where people come and go, depending on their career goals and life paths. Most importantly, it is a company with a very young workforce, and it will likely stay young for a long while.

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