Help Make Your Company a Talent Factory

If you're struggling to fill key positions in your unit or department, you're not alone. But you can -- and should -- take steps to ensure you have the right people with the right skills in the right place at the right time.

Here's one tactic: Develop rigorous talent management processes that support your unit's strategic objectives. For example, if your aim is to increase cross-unit collaboration, explain to your direct reports why this strategy is important. Then invite them to describe successful collaborate initiatives in which they participated. Ask each employee to commit to doing one or two things differently to strengthen your group's collaborative prowess.

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  October 27, 2008; 7:10 AM ET  | Category:  Management Tip of the Day
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Great advice on taking a strategic approach to talent management and development. Here's one more thought: once the goal (e.g. cross-unit collaboration) is clear, ask people to identify one or two specific things that they will commit to doing in the next week to further that goal. Follow-up the next week to debrief the impact of those actions and identify the next one or two specific things to do. Repeat the process until the goal is achieved. - Scott Eblin www.scotteblin.typepad.com

Posted by: scotteblin | October 27, 2008 9:24 AM

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