Seth Godin's latest entry is all about talent. It's something that I have been thinking about for the last couple of weeks as I go through the rigors of finding the right groove in my new job.
The core question was: "As I move from managing my own business unit and managing my own revenue and strategic directions, from scenarios that saw me creating things from scratch and reinventing wheels, processes, and systems - towards being a smaller part of a bigger machine that is well-oiled, well-established machine, how exactly am I going to do it?"
Seth Godin talks about talent - and how companies can retain, nurture, keep talent:
Talent is too smart to stay long at a company that wants it to be a cog in a machine. Great companies want and need talent, but they have to work for it.
Great companies have to work hard for it - to be really worthy of a talent's attention, time, and investment.
So talent management or human resources management?
I say, talent empowerment.
Get new talent, develop them, let them grow - and get out of their way. They're old enough to know what to do when the right time comes to do the right things - trust them enough to do that.