talent management…..

In the next few posts I am going to seek your thoughts and ideas to some questions of general interest - deeply relevant and those that are currently engaging the minds of employees as well as organisations. This one is on the most precious resource - talent. When times are tough, survival becomes the most important priority and motivating people may fall way down the list. Organisations know that the risk of defection is dramatically reduced during a recession. Most staff members are simply relieved not to be part of the latest downsizing, and while top performers have the greatest flexibility to move, they don't want to sell their skills into a down market. Cash in at the right moment as they say. There are enough and more indications now to suggest that


Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others - so said the master Jack Welch. The quality and quantity of our output is so critically dependent on the performance of the team members. We will seldom have the choice of constructing teams from scratch and are expected to deliver results with the available resources. Given the linear relationship,  facilitating individual performance then becomes a prime leadership requirement. While one can use a variety of styles - delegating, directing, supporting etc - to further this objective depending upon the situation and the person, I am going to make a mention of one of the more effective and long term sustainable modes, that of Coaching. The goal of coaching is to guide the vision, urge excellence and

Appreciating Talent – “the cracked pot story”……

Often we get so focussed on a single dimension of performance that a lot of other goodness in people goes unnoticed. One of the lesser practiced principles of talent management is to simply accept people the way they are and encourage them to play to their strengths. Find your natural advantages and then seek out avenues where you can capitalise working to those strengths. You can relate to "The Chinese Cracked Pot" story : A water bearer in China had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the