Many of today's business leaders want to harness the skills and independent thinking of the people on their teams to make intelligent business decisions. Here are seven common mistakes leaders make when asking questions, and how they should phrase them instead.
"Ask business leaders today the biggest business risk in the future, and they will likely say hiring and retaining a skilled workforce."
Howard Elias (President, Services and Digital, Dell Technologies) says businesses must look to untapped pools of talent to address the shortage in digital skills.
"It's an urgent business challenge that is getting more urgent every day. And it requires a new way of thinking about finding, keeping and evolving talent for the workforce of the future."
The World Economic Forum Chief Economists' Outlook Report summarises emerging economic environments and identifies priorities for focus and action by policy-makers and business leaders in early 2020.
Recruitment has always been a battleground of sorts. Three issues combine to make it evermore so:
- Scarcity - the ever-increasing difficulty and, indeed, frustration of uncovering talent.
- Talent acquisition is part of a wider talent management system and if the other elements in the system (e.g., leadership development, coaching, performance management, a culture that supports team effectiveness) are poorly thought through, excellence in the actual hiring process is quickly lost.
- In a world unfolding faster than it ever has in human history, recruitment is, and must be, strategic.
Discover how to make talent acquisition a competitive advantage.
There is one fact of life that is impossible to ignore - tomorrow will be (very) different. More specifically, the rate of change is getting faster - and about to get much faster. Culture plays a key role in change no matter the degree of change envisaged. Tomorrow's successful leader will be someone who can slalom through the white water of unanticipated disruption and culture change.
While it's easy to envision a workforce where tech skills dominate, the in-demand skills of the future are actually human. Howard Pezim highlights why both technical and human skills will be better position organisations for success.
An interesting perspective from Roman Molek, Managing Partner & Board Member of TRANSEARCH in the Czech & Slovak Republic, on 'How to Successfully Destroy Disruptive Innovation with Your Original Business and Become a Global Industry Leader'. (in Czech)