Antoine Tirard (INSEAD MBA ‘97D), founder, NexTalent and Claire Lyell (INSEAD MBA ‘92J), founder, Culture Pearl

As business becomes increasingly technological, the proportion of ‘geeks’ in the ranks is rising. Some say they’re annoying and others that they just don’t fit in, but it’s essential for managers to integrate these knowledgeable individuals, no matter how awkward they are.

Retaining workers is becoming a balancing act between hard data research and a human touch. It’s more important than ever to complement intuition with statistical analysis.