What does Talent Management mean for you if you want more from your working life than just to climb the greasy pole? In this blog I first describe how some organisations identify their future talent and then go on to discuss what you might think about if you are (or aspire to be) a conscious leader.
The CIPD describes Talent Management as:
“the systematic attraction, identification, development, engagement, retention and deployment of those individuals who are of particular value to an organisation, either in view of their ‘high potential’ for the future or because they are fulfilling business/operation-critical roles.”
One way in which an organisation might identify “high potential” individuals is to apply the 3 A’s test; Ability, Aspiration and Alignment. Let’s briefly look at what an organisation might be looking for and then consider how the 3 A’s might be useful to you.
How an organisation identifies “high potential” individuals.
Ability – The organisation is interested in people who demonstrate the knowledge, skills and experience the organisation needs for the future. If they don’t have them yet do they seem to be individuals who could acquire them? Are they on the right trajectory? Organisations might accept that they don’t know what capabilities they might need in the future, so they look for people who have demonstrated the flexibility to adapt.
Aspiration – It’s not enough to have the ability to perform at a high level. Is the person prepared to make the commitment in time, energy, difficult choices, flexibility, personal challenge and sacrifice?
Alignment – Organisations look for individuals who are a good “fit”. Do they fit in with the way we do things around here?
So that’s what the organisation is looking for. What about what you want?
Conscious leaders manage their own talent and potential?
If the values you have in your personal and family life don’t get left behind when you go to work and if your career is not about elbowing your way to the top at any cost then perhaps you are or aspire to be a conscious leader. For you, stakeholders are not to be analysed for competitive advantage but are key to sustainability. Relationships matter to you not because you want to be seen as a team player but because you care about people. You may well find that the organisation you are in and the people around you are not yet with you on this. You understand that you are not necessarily going to have an easy ride! You’ll need skills, determination and not a little courage. How should you nurture your talents?
Let’s start by borrowing the 3 A’s.
Ability – What knowledge, skills and experience will you need in the future? We often don’t know, so we need to develop learning skills, thinking skills, openness, emotional intelligence, resilience, a sense of humour and the ability to adapt to change. These sustainable personal skills will serve you well in whatever future you find yourself.
Aspiration – Do you know what you want? Have you a purpose? Do you believe that your nature and the interconnectedness of people and the planet mean there is more to life than earning money or making profit? Having a purpose is one of the characteristics of the most engaged employees, of resilient and psychologically healthy people and a source of fulfilment in life? Your purpose could be saving lives or the planet or it could be simply helping others achieve their potential. That is up to you. Is your organisation the place where you can fulfil your purpose?
Alignment – What are your values? Do you feel that compassion for others, accepting and understanding people, trust and openness are as important in work as they are in social and family situations? If you do, is your organisation aligned with you on this? Is the organisation a good “fit” with you? If not (or not yet) you might have to wait along time to find one that is. Can you live and work by your values in this organisation and perhaps change it? Do you have the courage to act in line with your values and do what is right?
You have choices.
Managing your own talent and potential can mean tough choices.
- Do you need to work harder on developing yourself?
- Do you need to face up to a lack of purpose in your life and resolve this?
- Do you live by your values?
You have choices. You can change yourself. You can change your organisation or change where you work.
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