Rethinking Talent Management
At Apex HR we have seen a lot of posts recently about the ‘war for talent’ and the importance of ‘developing top talent’ in organisations.
Such approaches mean well, but ‘talent’ feels like another one of those HR buzzwords commonly used, but often misapplied.
An alternative view is that every single person has ‘talent’. Every single person working in our organisations deserves to discover their full potential with us. As unique human beings we all have gifts and strengths to bring to work and life in general.
At Apex HR, we’ve always seen it as our job as leaders to provide the environment for every person to be able to realise their full potential and make the most of their unique gifts. Seeing ‘talent’ in mere process terms can label people as ‘talent’ worthy or ‘talent unworthy’. It’s demotivating to not be seen worthy to be part of a talent management program.
There is a better way, through connecting with each person to fully leverage their strengths and capabilities. If we call it talent so be it, rather than a process it becomes a much deeper connection about purpose and aspirations for the future. It’s something more inclusive and holistic.
In the current business climate can we afford to look at people development any other way?