For us, talent, and the development of it, has to be an end-to-end approach. It starts with people who don’t even yet work in the company, and continues on to the Alumni who are still advocates for the ‘place they flourished the most’. Of course, we are well versed in talent plotting and delivering development programmes, but we are equally good at giving managers tools to unlock talent in their teams, at creating opportunity programmes that throw involvement open to everyone and at helping leadership re-define how they view, and utilise talent.
We are most effective in this area when working across the teams within an organisation. Assuming that the People function ‘owns’ talent is an error that too many people make. We jointly create talent programmes and then work with our stakeholders to embed them in the wider organisation - making ‘talent’ a core component of success, rather than an L&D offering.
“The team all came back raving about the last two days with you [The Culture Builders]. They are full of energy, ideas and plans for their own future. What I’m also noticing is that it’s not ‘wearing off’ after a few days. So much of the development work we do seems to evaporate once people are back in the office. Your content is different, and seems to be making a huge difference. Also, the way you’ve included me has both made me feel part of the development and has grown me in ways I thought I didn’t even need!”