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The One Thing You Need to Know: How the Best Companies Develop Talent

“When you think about the greatest companies you’ve researched, what do they have in common in terms of how they develop their talent?” – Erin Here's how the best companies develop talent. Click To Tweet

#1 They commit to their people.

We’ve all heard companies claim that “our people are our greatest asset,” but the best companies truly believe that and put it into practice. These companies clearly, consistently, and authentically espouse that by investing in their people, every day.

#2 They know that the manager makes the difference.

People join because of the company, but they leave – physically or psychologically – because of their manager. So the best companies that I’ve studied place a lot of emphasis on manager development. They understand that great performance and great engagement occurs at the team level, and that the relationship between the team leader and his or her team members is paramount. So the best companies know that their managers are responsible for activating the talent within the organization, and they invest in developing great leaders.

#3 They know that one size fits one.

The best companies understand that human uniqueness is feature, and not a bug. Too many companies think of uniqueness as a challenge they must overcome; they strive for uniformity because it feels easier or more convenient to manage. That’s completely wrong. The power of human nature is that each human’s nature is unique. Organizations that understand this don’t build their people systems around coercion, trying to get people to behave more like a model – because that won’t help them get the most out of their talent. Instead, they understand that each individual at the company has different talents, and that uniqueness is useful and interesting. Talent activation is about taking someone’s unique strengths and turning it into contribution that is meaningful for both the organization and the individual. The power of human nature is that each human’s nature is unique. Click To Tweet

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  1. Jennifer Roberson August 21, 2018 at 6:33 AM - Reply

    Love this. One size fits one. Uniqueness is useful and interesting. That is power, not a problem.

  2. Julie August 21, 2018 at 8:40 AM - Reply

    Love this so much!! Employees have been yearning for managers to understand this for decades!

  3. Mary Hayes August 21, 2018 at 9:34 AM - Reply

    People are unique and companies need to start treating them as such. Unfortunately the hiring processes in this country try to search for the best fit for a job instead of the best candidate. Many times we can learn on the job and therefore the ability to learn is more important than cramming people into boxes. Only to find that they do not fit. We all bring unique talents and skills to the table we are a present. It is up to the company to be able to unwrap us to be able to give the best of ourselves. Love this concept of one size fits one as it is so much about tailoring business to get the most out of people.

  4. Chandana Watagodakumbura December 7, 2018 at 6:18 PM - Reply

    Individual differences need to be honoured and respected within a widely accepted ethical, just and fair framework. Then these differences would become strengths helping broader communities/societies. I like to see this notion to be used in learning-teaching environments and support the notion for better learning and development outcomes.

  5. Albert chitsiko January 22, 2019 at 11:23 AM - Reply

    Employees must be treated as partners. Initiate them in the business and lead them lead to naturture their creative skills. Performance becomes top of the shelf

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