Talent is the number one challenge for every business of every size. Sometimes, it’s easy to see where there is a misalignment between talent and value. Other times, it’s not so clear. In every case, success starts with knowing what the big value jobs are at your company and making sure the right people are in those jobs.
We encourage CEOs to look at their organizations differently.
The first step is to simplify the value agenda. Next, examine the roles that are critical to fulfilling that agenda. This process may seem straightforward but, in many cases, it is an eye-opening experience. When you view your organization – and your talent – in terms of a value agenda, you begin to move away from hierarchical thinking. You start to power up the roles with the most value and you focus on filling those roles with the right people. Once these changes are in play, there is often a rapid increase in overall performance.
Not having enough of the right talent where it matters is like trying to run a Ferrari with cheap gas in the tank. It’s a formula for frustration and poor performance.