Let's talk talent. I don't mean Broadway and Hollywood talent; I mean organizational talent. The people at work who lead projects, clash with their colleagues and often give 100 percent to their organization.
I deliver keynotes to organizations in a vast variety of industries. However, despite the diversity of these organizations, their culture and their size, certain questions come up again and again. For example, I often hear:
- How do I retain talent with limited promotional opportunities?
- How can we attract the best and the brightest?
- How should I keep employees engaged and producing to their fullest potential?
- What's the best way to manage generational differences in my team?
- How can I prepare for the impending workforce changes?
What's the common thread? Talent. If you look at all these questions, the underlying issue is talent. How to attract, recruit, hire, onboard, mentor, develop, coach and lead a team of people who fit the organizational culture and produce results for your organization. It seems like this would be a straightforward problem to solve. It's not. HR leaders and the C-Suite lose sleep over this very issue on a regular basis.
So let's look at talent. According to Merriam-Webster, talent has Greek and Latin roots, meaning a unit of weight or money. Today's common definition is a unit of value equal to the value of a talent of gold or silver.
That's interesting. If you follow this thread of thought, then your organizational talent has the value of gold or silver. It is worth its weight in gold. It is a unit of value equal to the weight of your organization.
That's worth pondering. How do you value your talent? Do you treat your talent as a precious metal that forges your organization together and creates something sustainable and beautiful? Or do you treat your talent as scrap that can be scorched and melted through intense heat?
By working with Fortune 500s and start-ups over many years, I have seen many different approaches to managing talent. Here are five best practices that create the best organizations:
- Treat your team with respect. No one likes to be spoken down to. What does it mean to treat them with respect? Read the next four tips.
Your talent is your gold and silver. Don't let it tarnish.
As a leader, which of these five steps do you find most difficult to implement? Have you been in an organization with high turnover and been able to identify why? Please share your experiences. We'd love to hear what works best for you! Leave me a comment below, or send me a tweet.