It's The B Team's Time To Shine

Underappreciated corporate foot soldiers may be quick to bolt when the economy rebounds

For many years now, American business culture has fostered a form of star worship that even a Hollywood agent might find excessive. Starting in the early 1980s with the first waves of corporate restructuring that sent millions of company men and women into the streets, the American work force's steady-Eddie performers gradually lost status to corporate hotshots and those with star potential. In the so-called war for talent, A-list players were showered with cash, stock options and perks. And in the boom years of the late 1990s, they could do no wrong. Yet it was mostly the A players who failed...

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