As the new year continues to chug along, there’s been a noticeable amount of discussion going on in trying to decipher or anticipate what businesses can expect over the course of the next 12 months. In what’s sure to be music to the ears of many leaders and their employees, most business pundits are putting forth predictions of a turnaround year, with the focus shifting from recovery back to growth.
Whether these predictions turn out to be true or not, one thing that there’s little doubt about is that an organization’s chances for growth and prosperity is tied to their ability to attract and retain employees who can help them to achieve their goals.
Of course, in light of the need for quicker responses to market changes and more innovative thinking, leaders need to look beyond the familiar, tried-and-true selection variables used both to locate new talent, as well as gauge leadership potentials within their ranks.
As I’ve discussed several times here on my blog, it’s becoming clear that a narrow focus on specific skill-sets will not be enough to ensure an organization’s success against its competitors. Instead, what’s required now is a whole-person approach to deciding who we bring into our teams; that we look not only for those who have the right stuff, but who get what the organization is all about.
This is especially true when organizations decide which employees should be groomed for future leadership roles. Indeed, a look at some of the organizations that are thriving today demonstrates just how important it is to ensure that those who given the responsibility to lead others have a deep and clear understanding of the organization’s culture and shared purpose.
Naturally, the first step in this process is to ensure you have the right people on board who can help your organization fulfill its objectives. In the article “How to Uncover Exceptional Talent”, you’ll learn about three approaches that will help leaders move past the traditional approaches of the previous decades in order to find the kinds of employees you need to help your organization succeed and thrive in today’s challenging market.
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