The War For Talent

Uncategorized Mar 01, 2022

Attracting and Retaining the Best Talent.

Last Sunday I read a fascinating article in the Sunday Times by Jamie Nimmo titled “The War for Talent”. 

It was a strange title and I am not sure who the combatants are. Companies in all industries need the best talent and the only way of getting them is through attraction. Maybe the war is between immoral tactics and moral tactics but in reality, it is between the old mindset and a new mindset.

The old mindset believes that pay is the ultimate weapon in a company's arsenal when it comes to recruitment. Yes, they also think about benefits and perks, but the old mindset thinks “if I pay enough people will do what I want them to”.

The new mindset has evolved from this old fashioned command and control culture of paying more to get allegiance. They have learned that true allegiance is not bought but earned.

In reality these two midsets coexist in every organisation and that is the ‘war for talent’. The...

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We need Genuine Leaders To Transform Organisations

There is a lot of talk about leadership right now, and not just in political circles. Charismatic or celebrity leaders get much more press than great leaders. Why is that?

I think it is because when we are talking about great leaders they embody a set of  characteristics that include:

  • Seeking out and recognising potential champions
  • Building people up
  • Being true and aligned with your stand whilst listening to challenging opinions
  • Setting aside political aspirations and self-interest
  • Being the champion of and in service of the strategic intent
  • Being open and honest
  • Taking care of your people
  • Listening with respect to everyone’s communication
  • Being appreciative of the efforts of others
  • Being true to your word
  • Expressing yourself fully
  • Inviting dialogue

None of these was newsworthy for today's clickbait media until Russia invaded Ukraine.

When these characteristics are applied by leaders, the outcomes are extraordinary because people around them respond with a like mind and...

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The 'Social Contract' We Live By.

Wherever you look there will be a social contract underpinning the culture that exists. The way people act, behave and even look is determined by it. We are all bound by a social contract either consciously or more commonly, unconsciously. Your relationship to the social contract you live in is determined by how far from the core you are. When you are close to the core, as with the Marines, everybody knows the conditions defined by the social contract. You literally live or die by them on the battlefield and the strength of the community is evidence of how committed all of the individuals are to that contract,  In the Marines you “sign up” consciously.

But look for a moment at a different culture, one where it would seem that people are victims of society but actually are living within a different social contract. In every city, there are no-go areas for the police, or areas where the homeless gather or people sleep out on the street. Even though the people living...

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Who’d want to be a champion?

If you have ever had that burning feeling in your gut for a change that needed to happen, then you might have had the urge to become a champion. And, for many, there is a reason why that was as far as it got. And it comes down to self-esteem, courage and culture.

For change to succeed, the conditions need to be supportive. That support is most easily seen and felt through the culture that we exist in. And we, as potential champions, need to have the self-esteem and courage to step up to the stage and be counted.

Every initiative starts with a champion, and what happens next depends on the culture that exists. 

In the business world, we can consider three different existing cultures. The startup, the merger/acquisition and the reorganisation. In all three, the champion is for their new vision, which will lead to the emergence of a new culture. One barrier, if not the most significant barrier to a new culture emerging, is the attachment people have to the existing culture.

The...

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