Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Hire the best talent

This has been a mantra of mine since I started in business in 1991.

1) hire the best talent

2) give them the best tools

3) get out of their way!

Seth has a great post this morning about HR and thinking more about it as talent management. I agree whole heartedly.

How do you view your employees? Are they lumber or talent?

1 comment:

Ross said...

Well, I don't have any employees under me, but I know that in my current position, I am most definitely lumber.
My direct supervisors have attempted to communicate that we are valuable, but the actions of management above them has counteracted their actions. My entire department was nearly outsourced about a year and a half ago, and there's nothing quite like nearly being kicked to the curb in favor of someone who can do the job more cheaply, even if they wouldn't be as effective at the job.
I now see that situation as a wake up call of sorts for me. It helped me realize that my current company doesn't necessarily value me and the contributions that I make. I see that as a challenge in two different respects. First, I need to be able to prove to myself and others that I am talent that is valuable and worthwhile. Second, if my current company does not share the opinion that my talent is worthwhile, I should start looking for a company who will.