Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Talent Question

I've been reading a lot about Talent lately.  What is it, where can I find it, is there some sort of war for it, should I restructure to hire it, and is it really all that different from recruitment?  Hmm, not sure I have the answers to any of these questions; and candidly, I'm not sure I need least not right now.

Get Out of My Way
I have a new mantra:  Results.  Nothing flashy, fancy, inspirational or trendy.  Just, results.  If I need to call it "Winning the War for Talent" I don't care.  If I have to hit up the online buzzword dictionary and re-title everyone on my staff I don't care either.  I only want one thing:


Providing Value
Considering the vast amount of wailing in the HR community about the infamous "seat" it seems to me that this issue could be resolved with one word.  Results.  At the end of the day we have a couple of deliverables in this area:
- find and deliver qualified candidates quickly
- ensure the candidates have a positive experience
- hire them
- repeat

Are you with me?  Sure, we have lots of other responsibilities that we have to deliver in a timely and highly professional manner.  But in the era of finding good people to join our organizations; and shockingly with a heightened awareness of discriminatory hiring practices against the unemployed (read here => epic failure of leadership) , nothing seems to be more effective than results.

How About You
Are you hung up on getting your arms around the "talent question?"  Perhaps a task force or focus group will help you get there.  I honestly need to keep learning so I can get the answers I need; but in the meantime, I'm going to go recruit some great people who could really use a job.

I'd love to hear from you.

No Excuses.

pic courtesy of thewarfortalent


  1. It has been much harder to find talent in the past couple of years. The recession has kept talented people at their current jobs for fear of moving to a new company and being let go.

  2. - You are right many organizations fear a mass exodus once the job market picks up again. Perhaps now is the time for leaders to focus on retention v. believing their employees are stuck? Thanks for the comment.