Talent Development – The New Landscape

In the new landscape of work where time is premium and a great majority of the workforce will be Gen Y who will look at work and organisations in profoundly new ways; where learning and performance is viewed differently from the past, and new ways of working and learning such as mobile and blended learning replace old ways such as classroom learning, there is an urgent need to re look at Talent Development.

Management is often said to both a science and an art. So is Talent Development. Developing Talent is both a science and an art but there is a strong belief among both researchers and practitioners that there is an element of talent development that will always remain an art. HR practitioners need to be artists.

There is a need to find the passion within people for world class performance, the right job: person fit is a result of people finding their purpose in life. Chief Executives and Human Resource developers need to work with people to create meaning to ensure emotional engagement and employee contribution for the betterment of the organisation. Challenging people to think differently without overwhelming them or introducing new Talent development policies and processes that win the hearts of people needs creativity and insightful approaches from practitioners. Gaining trust from the ‘new employees’, developing relationships yet maintaining a focus on the organizational goals requires engagement, collaboration and capability development. In this new landscape of work, HR practitioners need to be innovators and learn from a mix of fields such as the creative arts to lead people to success.

Leading organisations in a crowded and competitive world requires inspirational leadership. The lever of leadership is a significant enabler for people performance. Creating an awesome culture that fits with the business model is the strongest driver for success in the new world. The new landscape requires an inspirational and engaging atmosphere for a conducive work environment that is focused on performance. A work place that promotes fun and passion where people look forward to a ‘Thank God its Monday rather than Thank God its Friday’, where learning takes place every day on the job, managers function as coaches and support employees to deal with ambiguity and complexity, a workplace that is authentic and transparent and one that rewards performance in an equitable way requires HR practitioners need to be sculptors and leaders.

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