Talent drives strategy. Many of you have started your 2017 budget and strategic staffing plan process, some of you overachievers may have already finished! In lieu of the market conditions; extremely low unemployment, technology demands, disruptive innovation, and the demographics of our workforce, you may want to consider a 2020 staffing plan. A three- year plan incorporating initiatives, succession planning, acquiring new talent, developing existing talent, and aligning their career aspirations with your company’s mission/values is essential for our businesses to succeed. It’s a jungle out there…be prepared with the best talent available.
Identify a few key players from different departments or areas of focus to join the planning team.
Ask them to write down their thoughts regarding your company’s internal strengths and weaknesses, external changes and trends, emerging needs and service expectations, and critical issues facing the organization.
Review and share the ideas with the planning team and collectively decide what the top three or four critical issues are facing your organization over the next three years.
(Tip: write all of the critical issues on top of the dry erase board – for example: Leadership, Customer Experience, Technology, Employment Brand, Funding – then give each teammate sticky notes to write down their most inspiring and exciting elements and post them under the most appropriate critical issue.)
Identify points of common ground and divergence.
Choose one initiative for each critical issue facing your organization and determine how you will execute.
Determine if you have the right talent to drive this strategy.
Roll out the initiatives to every leader on your team and ask them to assess their bench strength and capacity to execute.
Train, develop, promote, and hire new teammates.
Revamp every quarter or twice a year based on complexities of your industry / team.
Quick question: Did you spend more time on picking your fantasy football team than assessing your bench strength? If so, I encourage you to read this post.
Chris Carlson, Managing Director
Chris is an experienced executive in the staffing industry. She has developed operational analyses, implemented programs/compensation plans, and has assisted hundreds of firms streamline processes and upgrade the competencies of its workforce. Finding innovative ways to generate new business, isolate top talent, and build teams is her passion. She has designed and executed many successful strategic marketing/recruiting plans and promotions. Chris began her career at Aureus Group, a full-service professional recruiting firm, in 1994 and currently serves as the managing director of Aureus Group specializing in the Finance and Accounting, Information Systems, and Executive Leadership roles in all industries including; Healthcare Administration, Banking, Finance, Insurance, Commercial Services, and Manufacturing. In addition, Chris is a Certified Professional Consultant, and has an Executive Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.