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Why Talent Optimization is Critical

Talent Optimization is a critical discipline and framework necessary for an organization to thrive and excel in today’s environment. It is no longer enough to hire based on someone’s resume, their likeability, your gut feeling, or common interests. Arbitrary and ad hoc methods perpetuate the “two to hire one to fire” hit rate in organizations. Managers need to do more with less time and fewer resources; they have limited energy to spend on solving people problems. They need to motivate and inspire their teams to excel and speak to team members in ways that resonate. Management style must be tailored and individualized to the audience. Talent needs to row in the same direction, as does leadership. Strategic priorities should be clear to all, with the right people in the right roles. High potential talent, who always have options, need to be engaged, retained and deployed in ways that keep them loyal.

While an ideal formula for organizational success and performance during normal times, these priorities count more than ever. With this period of Covid quarantining, firms need stronger team cohesion and levels of trust to successfully work virtually and stay the course. An organization with strategically aligned talent has the ability to flex and pivot during uncertain times. A data-driven people strategy approach can promote awareness of self, awareness of others and the ability to objectively align talent based on strengths. To find out more about how HRD can support you in these efforts, click HERE.

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