Talent Managementby Rachel Brushfield
Excellence in managing talent
To be truly excellent at managing talent, consider the following suggestions:
- Research your competitors’ talent management strategy; think about what makes them attractive to the talent you would like to win over and what you can change about your department
- Be aware of your own values and beliefs – and therefore your bias – when recruiting talent
- Don’t recruit clones of yourself or the talent pool in your team, or your company will become static rather than diverse
- Ensure that the questions you ask at interview relate to the talent competencies you are looking for
- Talent recruitment is increasingly multinational, so take steps to examine your own beliefs or prejudices about such things as gender, age or race
- Don’t play safe – it will not help the long-term success of your company or position if you recruit staff who can’t ever make you feel challenged and threatened
- Ensure you communicate about talent honestly, yet politically, as it can be a sensitive subject
- Invest time in defining the talent competencies for your team or department and the impact of long-term market trends or changes to the business
- Develop your coaching and mentoring skills to help talent to think for themselves
- Ask for the advice and support of those among your peers who also manage talent
- Even if you are not appraised on the amount of time you devote to talent and their success in being promoted, make yourself accountable
- Be a good advert – invest time in developing yourself
- Read best practice – what are other companies doing that you could copy or do better?
- Share information about talent competencies with your team and encourage them to talent spot when they are networking and socialising – offer them a financial incentive, remembering that this could save a large amount on recruitment
- If you work for a large company, consider how you can reshape your department or give specific responsibilities to talent who would otherwise leave to join a small/medium business that can offer them the greater responsibilities for which they are hungry
- Speak with your industry body or association about talent trends, shortages and initiatives, so you can learn from their expertise and knowledge.
Ask yourself these self-reflective questions:
- How could I improve the way in which I manage talent?
- How could I work closer with Human Resources (HR) about talent, for our mutual benefit?
- How could I personally learn from the talent in my team?
- How could the rest of my team benefit from the skills and qualities of the talent in my team?
- How can I attract talent to my team/department, both internally and externally?