You’ve just been offered the CEO job at a multinational corporation and it looks like a great opportunity. The position plays to your strengths, expands your network of influence internationally, and advances your long-term career plans. But are you ready and willing to face the risks inherent in the design of this particular role?
“We have bigger things to do right now than focus on value.”
This is what I have been hearing in many of the conversations I’ve been having with private equity owners and operators in the last while. We live in strange times indeed when value (traditionally expressed as market cap), an all-encompassing indicator of success, takes a back seat.
Is it possible to scale global startups fast enough when windows of opportunity are tight and capabilities need to be supercharged overnight?
That is the question leaders of the LIVEKINDLY COLLECTIVE, a global plant-based foods company, and CEO.Works, the “Talent to Value” firm, were discussing in late spring 2020. “Executive talent sharing” is the modern and practical solution they came up with to address the problem of scarce leadership talent in these unprecedented times.
The significant uncertainty and chaos created by COVID-19 have dramatically impacted the global economy. Even before the virus hit, CEOs were more pessimistic and less confident about the future revenues of their companies than even a mere two years ago. We believe the wisest business response involves anticipating what will be valued tomorrow—and reducing the time it takes to deliver that value at speed.
Welcome to part 3 of our New Work of HR series.
In the last installment of the series we discussed the concept of democratizing Talent Management – taking the energy that goes into placing and grooming “Top of House” talent and applying it deeper into an organization. Part 3 discusses the challenges of "democratizing" the talent management process in large organizations.
Welcome to part 2 of our New Work of HR series.
In part 1, our Founders considered their perspectives on Talent and Performance Management within the context of the Jobs To Be Done. Part 2 builds on these insights by exploring how Talent and Performance Management practices must change in order to meet today’s demands of greater impact and growth.
The Silent Killers of Speed and Innovation: Linear thinking and overcommitment
In a demand-driven economy, speed and quality matter. If your competitor can deliver a good solution within four hours, you’d better be delivering an insanely great solution in three. So don’t get complacent about execution. Keep watch for these two opposing silent killers.