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Talent management is a system within a system: the organisation's culture »
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Talent management is a system within a system: the organisation's culture. Get talent management wrong and the organisation's culture will be misaligned with the customer's emerging needs.

Tomorrow, of necessity, talent management will be about resilience, reinvention and recognising that the ideal organisation design reflects how, given a choice, people would choose to work together.

Talent management is ultimately about hard data and tough choices – who to hire and promote, investing in the most efficient and fastest way to develop talent, putting muscle behind the succession process and, generally, building a cadre of leadership talent that will allow the business to survive and thrive in turbulent times.

If you can't imagine it, you won't reach it. If you don't measure it, you can't manage it. Strive to develop tomorrow's leadership competencies with purpose, precision, pragmatism and no little passion.

Insights from "Future-Oriented Leadership Competencies: Today's Talent Management Lynchpin" by John Burdett, Leadership advisor to TRANSEARCH International.

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There is one fact of life that is impossible to ignore – tomorrow will be (very) different »
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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. Being faster, however, is ultimately all about how people learn. It's a matter of adapt or perish.

How and what we learn is a product of the:

  • Nature of the experience,
  • Mental model (metaphor, theory, hypothesis, conceptual template) used to access the learning,
  • Quality of the questions posed,
  • Time set aside for reflection, and
  • Follow-up.

Ultimately, an investment in learning is about orchestrating change. In pursuit of that goal, learning starts with the experience. And it's not just learning fast at an individual or team level but building an environment where speed of learning becomes an organisation-wide competitive advantage.

If you're not fast, you're going to be last!

Insights from "Speed of Learning: The Ultimate Competitive Advantage" by John Burdett, Leadership advisor to TRANSEARCH International.

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Beyond Collaboration: "Co-tangle" »
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Cooperation is indispensable, collaboration is essential but in reinventing the very nature of what it means to be an organisation - as we must - there is a case to be made to add a new metaphor to our vocabulary. It's tough to achieve something that you don't have a word for.

Entanglement is an intriguing metaphor. It captures, in some ways, the new challenge of smart and unbridled connectability … of one element in the system impacting other parts of the system without those involved fully understanding how. Except, as a term, it is way too esoteric, way too bizarre to have any real currency.

John Burdett suggests an alternative, one that builds on the notion of entanglement but without the unfathomable implications. To Cooperate … To Collaborate … To 'Co-tangle'.

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Tips for Winning Talent in the Era of Disruption »
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David Wongso, MD TRANSEARCH International Indonesia, recently spoke with SWA Magazine on 'Ways to Win Talent in the Era of Disruption'. David notes how in this era of disruption many workforce skills are becoming irrelevant, and that the rate of change is getting faster. He highlights that leadership development and talent acquisition agendas must tackle the mismatch of skills and be directly managed by the C-suite and board of directors.

"The board of directors must ensure that leadership development and talent acquisition work effectively. Do not let the two agendas be entrusted to the level below but not be controlled."

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Leadership Consulting | TRANSEARCH International »
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TRANSEARCH's consulting solutions are delivered by highly experienced professionals who have access to research-based intellectual property, methodologies and cutting-edge tools. Leadership Consulting is a global practice, offering consulting in several areas including:

  • CEO & Top Team Effectiveness
  • Succession Planning
  • High Potential Identification
  • Leadership Development/Coaching
  • Leadership Assessment during M & A

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Future-Oriented Leadership Competencies: Today's Talent Management Lynchpin »
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To lead is to be in the people business - present and future. Talent management generally, and talent acquisition more specifically, are strategic. How do we define the qualities that shape the leadership we need? How do we start to create tomorrow's leadership today? John Burdett outlines the linchpin role that (the right) leadership competencies play in transforming talent management into a competitive advantage.

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Talent Acquisition - The Battle For Tomorrow »
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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.

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