As a Maximizer theme the concept of Top Talent is an especially personal one. In fact, I have managed to get a team of directs that are all Achievers, which was something I knew about them, before I even knew there was such a theme.
When I think about using a Talent solution to get business value, I have to know what business leaders want. What keeps a business leader up at night? Is it wondering if their team will meet their Performance bell curve? Or if they will be using a 3 or 5 point rating scale? I’m guessing not. In fact the entire performance process is a means to an end, to a business person (or conversely a PITA but I’d rather not cover that part in this blog).
What a business leader wants is to be successful. Successful in their business, seen as capable to their leadership and exceeding on their objectives. For business leaders to scale they need teams who are able to deliver for them. Here is where we get back to top talent and job fit.
When people are doing the job that is best suited to their strengths, they become top talent. Making that connection between individual motivation and job role is not just a touchy-feely ideal, it’s smart business.
The better I can position people to do what they do best, the more they do for me. The more they do for me, the more I can do for my boss and my organization. So, to me as a business leader, the more top talent I have the more successful I am.
So what I want from a talent solution, is to help me get people aligned into job roles based upon their strengths. When I can do this, I get all the goodness from the rest of the talent strategies. Goal alignment and attainment become easy, engagement improves and overall output is optimized.
To make all this work for me, I need more data. I need data that I have never captured before. Not just your competencies but your strengths. Not just your career plan, but your motivations. The more rich data I have, the better job I can do getting people to become top talent.
So now we are back to systems and scale. Systems today have a better ability to gather and make use of data. With the rise of social software, and a heightened awareness of the importance of a personal brand, people are volunteering more data than ever before.
These are exciting times for those of us who are allowed to find unique opportunities between technology and business. For awhile now I’ve been anticipating a shift in what defines a talent solution. Initially I thought it was just my own personal boredom with having done this for so long, but now I realize that what I have really been doing is a lot of thin slicing to get to the most obvious of “a ha” conclusions.
The job of a talent solution is not really to measure talent. The goal of a talent solution is to use the measurement of talent to drive better business results. If you are just doing the former and not getting the latter you are missing out. It’s time to think bigger about what can and should be possible with technology.
Are you doing that today? Is that your talent strategy? If not why not? What is your plan? Hit me with the comments and give me your ideas, I promise to use them for your benefit.