(Published in Humannova – January 2016)
The new book “Conectar talento” (“Connecting Talent”) by Alicia Pomares (@apomares) is an excellent call to action in the field of human resources and to adapt to the current VUCA and 2.0. environment, based on her experience as a partner in the consulting company Humannova (you will find a summary of the contents at http://ow.ly/VDzUE )
A world that is rapidly changing and hard to predict
We are faced with a period in which profound socio-economic transformations call for a change of focus and a serious rethinking of numerous consolidated points of view. This also intensely affects the field of human resources which is in danger of losing its growing strategic added value, as is reflected in several international studies such as those carried out by the Centre for Effective Organizations http://ow.ly/VDy94 and the Harvard Business Review http://ow.ly/VDxQG
In the face of such challenges, Alicia Pomares’ book provides interesting solutions to create more open and interconnected organizations and employees.
As an innovative way of generating a debate prior to its presentation, Pomares offered us a virtual challenge on Twitter: for Internet users to share what they understood by ‘connecting talent’ (irrespective of whether or not they were experts in HR).
Here are 20 ideas (10 of my own 10 and 10 from other sources) which I believe provide a diverse and innovative vision of the management challenge in question.
10 personal views regarding #ConnectingTalent
1- Managing with a greater focus on how we do than on what we do, as results are an important asset in the present, but talent is essential for the future
2- Acting upon the conviction that everyone has talent: unique, personal, unlimited, special and shareable with others.
3- Co-creating, flowing, innovating, diversifying, stepping out of comfort zones, believing that a better world is possible and embracing change.
4- Talent is pure energy: electricity that must be connected and networked so as to release its full potential.
5- If talent is connected, it generates a stream of creative energy that leads to happiness at work and better results.
6- Helping others to leave their comfort zones because development = support + challenge. Being vulnerable in order to grow and reach further.
7- Striving to achieve the best version of your team, putting more focus on their strengths than their weaknesses.
8- Striving to achieve a team that flows, celebrate success, be united in failure and appreciate employees as people and not just professionals.
9- Seeking results with both your head and your heart, in what you do and how you do it, planning and intuition, reflection and action, humility and ambition.
10- Getting great individual talents to work together as a true team. Challenging the limits, being mutually demanding and always aiming to improve.
10 ideas from other sources regarding #ConnectingTalent which have inspired me
1. Jane del Tronco (@JanedelTronco): #ConnectingTalent to CREATE as a community and multiply the PRODUCTIVITY and HAPPINESS of professionals and organizations
2. RafaDiaz (@RafaDiaz1): There is nothing more powerful than using emotions to connect with others.
3. Andrés Ortega (@Ander73): The challenge of 21st century companies is not attracting or retaining but #ConnectingTalent.
4. Ricard Lloria (@RLloria): #ConnectingTalent requires unlearning so as to learn afresh and boldly focus on a new paradigm of business and global culture.
5. Eva Collado Durán (@evacolladoduran): Without people nothing happens… Without talent it is hard to innovate… #ConnectingTalent today is to ensure the future of companies tomorrow.
6. Guillem Recolons (@guillemrecolons): Companies: your people are your brands. Look after them!
7. Ricard Lloria (@RLloria): Ensure that knowledge is displayed by everybody and for everybody and join forces to create a better common outcome.
8. Virginio Gallardo (@virginiog): Collective intelligence is #ConnectingTalent to find business solutions
9. Marc Vigilante (@marcvigilante): Managing talent is what marks the difference between organizations committed to the future and others that are not.
10. David Barreda (@davidbarreda): #ConnectingTalent is transforming skills into collective intelligence and people into creators of change.
In conclusion, here is a positive message. According to management experts, the 21st century will be “the era of people” and, therefore, such an environment provides excellent opportunities to professionals who are sensitive to people management as an important added value for organizations.
But this will neither be easy nor obvious. In order to achieve influence and success, the key aspects will involve openness to the outside world and multigenerationality, maintaining the bases of management while, at the same time, renouncing some old paradigms and having two clear priorities: a strong business vision and proximity and a clear focus on the development, engagement and happiness of our teams.
David Reyero Trapiello – Senior HR Business Partner – Sanofi Iberia
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