Has the Time Come for a Talent Awareness Refresh?

Author: Michael DeMarco | Source: HCI | Published: September 13, 2010

In his blog posting, "Your Talents, Your Career, and Change," Steve Roesler advises companies to, “Take time to assess the breadth of talent that exists in your employee base.  You may not have been using the range of talents that individuals possess because you (naturally) hired on a given set of criteria.”  In other words, when your business changes,don’t just assume that you now have talent mismatches.   First, take that broader look to determine if a match, albeit a different match, still exists.  Never forget that Babe Ruth was once a pitcher.  Ronald Reagan was once an actor.  Like “The Babe” and “The Gipper,” you may have already productive employees who might just go parabolic in terms of performance simply by allowing talents to flourish in a different way.

If you’d like to challenge your way of thinking about the talents your employees possess, consider a class in the new business science of strategic talent management, and bolster your expertise with HCI's Human Capital Strategist (HCS) Certification.  From September 20 through the end of the month, two-day courses are being held in New York, San Francisco, Houston, and even online.  Who says only the kids have to go back to school, anyhow?

And could it possibly be that the reason that fewer than half of employees are engaged in their jobs has less to do with fear about job security and more to do with Roesler’s concept of talent mismatch?  If you keep giving your Ruths the ball and asking them to pitch when what they really want is to show you how far they can hit, frustration is bound to mount on both sides.  Join us in Boston, the very place where Ruth once toiled as a pitcher, by attending our Engagement and Retention Conference, 2010.  While there, you’ll want to meet Michael Lee Stallard, author of Fired Up or Burned Out, and discuss how both the rational and emotional connections employees have with their supervisor, colleagues, organization and job determine the amount of discretionary effort they put into their work.

Some organizations just seem to have that recipe for clear and organized talent management.  Usually, though, a host of best practices were found and tested until just the right mix was in place.  Holly Lindvall,   Director of Talent Development for HEI Resorts, will be revealing a recipe that serves up “high potential properties and high potential people.”

Of course, if your employees are working around the globe, you need to understand not only their talents, but their culture, to engage them and bring out their collaborative best.  Paula Caligiuri, Professor in the Human Resource Management Department at Rutgers University (USA), is a leading expert in international assignee management and she understands how the intelligent use of collaborative technologies can enable "in-person" collaboration, even in a global, virtual setting.