“We are headed for a talent war,” warned Mike Colwell, Executive Director of the Business Innovation Zone at the outset of the June BIZ luncheon and networking session. “The battle for talented technologists is heating up and it is going to become intense, not just the battle to hire them, but even more importantly, the battle to retain them. So I’ve asked Wade to share some insights into his extraordinary success at both,” he explained by way of introduction of Wade Arnold, CEO of Banno a pioneer provider of technology services for the financial industry and an internationally acclaimed software-as-a-service company nestled amidst the tall corn in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
A self-described freak of nature in that he is both an impassioned geek and an extrovert, to say nothing of a married father of three, Arnold spent the next hour telling a full house of bankers, geeks, entrepreneurs and managers his formula that has seen talent lining up to call his little patch of the silicon prairie home at the rate of nearly 100 applicants a month.
Proclaiming himself primarily to be a “Curator of Culture” and a “Disseminator of Vision” Arnold explained that the key is to align individuals’ work with their passion in order to secure their 100% commitment. He argued this is particularly true of the technologists who are the innovators and creators that are most in demand and who tend to be, as he would remind the audience throughout his presentation, “introverted geeks.”
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