One bollock at a time – Part 3
We are all engaged in a war for talent aren’t? No we are not. This is the third bollock.
I would guarantee that if you looked around your organisation today, if you truly looked, you would find it awash with talent. Most likely, underused, under motivated, under rewarded and under managed. But you do talent reviews right? And succession plans and you have a talent register and performance reviews and 360 degree appraisals and and and and………
Most organisations, in my experience and including my own, are inept at identifying, retaining and attracting talent. It is not because the talent isn’t there, it’s because we don’t recognise it. We put in place all these ridiculous constructs to try to show that we are taking it seriously, but miss the point that true talent is individual and unique. The person underperforming in one role could be a star in the next. The anti corporation rebel could be just the guy you need to think about new projects and markets. The guy that ticks all the boxes and comes in with shiny shoes every day….he probably isn’t your talent.
On the external market there has never been more talent on the market in the whole of my professional life. You only have to read around the blogs to hear of good, high quality professionals who have been made redundant and are looking for work. The talent is out there but are we brave enough to embrace them and bring them into the fold? We need to dump our prejudices about the unemployed, about age, about background. We need to shake off the shackles of conservative restraint and start to take a few risks. The organisations that get these guys onboard now are the ones that will fly in the future.
The talent is there, it is all around you. The only war for talent is the one going on inside your head.