The Talent Agenda Just Got Real

Time to Read – Two Days (or Less)

Last week I had the privilege to Chair Osney Media’s industry defining Talent 2012 event in London.

Speakers included Dr Lynda Gratton, Professor of Management Practice, London Business School, business practitioners from Diageo, Google, Tesco and Ford Retail and a prestigious CEO Panel.

After 2 days of expert input, shared research and discussion my top 3 how-tos are:

1.    Link your Talent and HR Agenda/Plans to bottom line business results by understanding your business agenda, using business language and proving the benefits (make and save money) in real, hard financial terms.

2.    Keep it simple (e.g. Talent Acquisition = Recruitment!) – there is so much going on and the people agenda is too important to confuse people. No acronyms, no jargon, keep it radically simple in terms of your Outcomes, Accountability, Decisions and Action. The brain doesn’t do complexity.

3.    There are many different strategies, opinions and how-tos, often in total conflict. Do what works for you – it will take trial and error. For example, I believe that “Talent” is everyone and the approach must be to unlock a single strength in everyone – others disagree and believe “Talent” is about the top 20% – neither of us is “right” or “wrong” – there is only what works for you, and what does not.

With my love and best wishes to you all


PS Thank you for the feedback to last week’s NL Week – which ranged from “Mozart can clearly teach us a lot about to leadership” to “were you on drugs when you wrote that one?” ALL feedback welcome and appreciated.

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