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  • Enrique Dans 9:00 am on March 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Models for managing talent and innovation in organizations 

    Estimated reading time: 12 minutes

    Editor’s note: Enrique Dans (@edans) has let us republish this article from his blog where he talks about how do companies manage talent and innovation?

    Here’s an interesting question: how do companies manage talent and innovation, and what models can we use to map them? Working on the basis that any organization needs to attract new people of varying ages and experience on a regular basis, we can identify a range of variables that affect their ability to do this.

    On this basis we can see a number of models, which I tend to categorize thus:


    Companies that tend to attract younger talent, and then create mechanisms whereby said talent is only happy when performing at the highest level. Demanding organizations, they tend to be constantly measuring and evaluating their team, and normally end up creating something of a performance cult, which means that those who stay do so because their merits are beyond discussion. We’re talking here about a culture that recognizes and rewards effort: if you’re not up to the job, you will soon feel excluded and uncomfortable, and be obliged to leave. These companies are sometimes known as up or out operations.

    The Dead Sea

    The very opposite of the previous model, and much more widespread than is generally recognized. They tend to attract talent in different phases of development, but after a period of adaptation, employees realize that there are too many obstacles for them to express themselves, leaving them the option of adapting to a poorly functioning system, or having to leave in search of a company where they can better develop their talent. Generally, those who stay are less motivated and ambitious, which, coupled with poor training policies, ends up converting them into people with little motivation to find a another position of similar responsibility in another organization; they end up becoming a kind of sediment that often ends up putting off new talent from joining. Such organizations are usually highly bureaucratic, working along civil service lines, and where the goal is tenure.

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  • Sandra Bravo Ivorra 9:00 am on December 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Are Companies Afraid of Discovering Their Internal Talent? 

    Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes

    2013 is coming to a close. Christmas lights are here, garlands, catalogs of toys overflowing mailboxes, the drive to consume compulsively…and, New Year resolutions! This is the best part. When something ends, something new begins, and beginnings always build up hope and facilitate changes.

    New year, new life! January is the month where everyone intends to sign up for the gym to eliminate all the Christmas excess and lead a more healthy life; it is when smokers think about quitting; when we stop to think perhaps we should take better care of our partner or remember to tell our mother how much we lover her… But ideally it is not necessary during this time to ask these things.

    The same thing happens in the work environment. I have heard a few times the argument that all innovation implies a great economic cost and in an environment of a crisis, like the current economic crisis in Spain, no company wants to risk more than what is necessary.

    But propeling new projects does not necessarily mean investing an enormous amount of money in it, rather it may consist of slight changes in entrepreneurial attitudes, in implementing new easy application ideas, in betting on a personal link between our workers, in adequately awarding and valuing the most creative and efficient employees.

    How many companies encourage idea contests? Good ideas are the genuine raw material of the most successful businesses. But it is still surprising how many ideas we throw away everyday and label them useless after the first consideration. Have you ever experimented changing the role of your workers for a short period of time? We were amazed to see what happens when we offer our employees new challenges and responsibilities. Which companies have the courage to frankly and openly show their employees and communicate the good and the bad? Thus, the achievements are shared and failures can be overcome more quickly with support from everyone.

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  • Jose Luis del Campo Villares 9:00 am on October 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Enterprise Social Networks as a Tool to Discover Hidden Talent in Organizations 

    Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

    The growth of knowledge is of vital importance for the future of organizations. In this stage, one of the great advantages organizations who work with Enterprise Social Networks have is the opportunity to share content.

    However, Enterprise Social Networks must be designed to facilitate this and not to employ it as a social communication medium between users. I am one who thinks that talent attracts talent. Someone with talent will feel excited to participate in a collaborative environment that is conducive.

    An environment in which perceives that intervention and contribution is valued and is taken into account, where it is seen that those who participate with others brings talent. And verification of who controls and directs this environment is a talented person who can also bring out the best in each contribution for the growth of the group and individual members of the organization.

    An Enterprise Social Network to discover hidden talent in an organization

    The use of Enterprise Social Networks opens the possibility to discover new hidden talent that is in our organization. But, to serve this purpose, an Enterprise Social Network must implement responses to the following ideas:

    1.  It is implemented with the aim of sharing knowledge, and it is explained adequately to members who are going to participate and make sure they understand that it is a medium of growth for individual talent and group talent.

    2. That are managed or controlled by someone with skills, mainly to discover talent that the members possess and that is it hidden and to be able to motivate them to bring to light their talent. Putting someone to control the maximum performance of the company may not be the most appropriate thing to do. Place in command someone who possesses innate skills to find, manage, and maximize hidden talent.

    3. Make it mutual as the contribution of talent. It is as simple as who manages it, and who participates, all of whom must be motivated for it. The person who manages must be overturned in finding hidden talent. And the person who wants to contribute must see the correspondence between their contribution and the ‘award’ received.  Otherwise, more than discovering talent, what it will do is hide talent even more as members flee to participate because they do not report anything and they see it as a bigger workload.

    Enterprise Social Networks are the perfect tool to discover talent in our employees. At  Zyncro, we work to extend this form of collaboration to businesses. If you are convinced and want to implant a enterprise social network in your business, We can help you with this whitepaper to convince your boss. And if you still need more reasons to bet for a collaboration environment in your organization, dowload this other whitepaper where we give you 10 reasons. When you are convinced, try Zyncro for free and squeeze its profits.

    Jose Luis del Campo Villares (@JoseLdelCampo) is a facilitator, trainer and coach. He cares about people and their lives within organizations; for that reason, he is a social media consultant and CEO of Socialmedia Network.

  • Virginio Gallardo 9:00 am on May 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Conversations 2.0: the new way of managing talent 

    Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

    Quality communication is not unidirectional, it’s the conversation that enables us to listen. Quality knowledge is not explicit, that we try to encourage through training, it’s tacit, transmitted through conversations. Innovative culture like any other type of culture is conversations that need to be guided by a new type of leader.

    Now the conversations through social technologies are promoted in organizations, in what we have called conversations 2.0. In Barcelona and Madrid, we held two events that we have called #conversaciones20 because we think we are experiencing a special moment in which reflection on some of the best business experiences of our times is needed.

    After listening to 24 participants, I’d like to share with you five trends that summarize what I have heard.

    Five trends on new ways of managing talent in new organizations:

    1. Tacit knowledge gains prominence over explicit knowledge: Information training is becoming more important than formal training, packeted contents in the form of courses and workshops loses importance to social training. Practice communities and communication generate more knowledge than ever through conversations, a knowledge that can be extremely valuable for businesses. The major issues are how to ensure quality in these new ways of generating tacit knowledge.

    2. Leadership and “trojans” driving new values: The change towards organizations 2.0. is not a technological change, it’s a cultural change. The new values and new ways of managing require both transforming leadership at top management and the complicity of informal leaders, of intra-entrepreneurs, of trojans… The drive of these new values is what transforms organizations into organizations 2.0.

    3. More social, liquid and open organizations: There is an enormous consensus that we are going towards more social organizations where the hierarchy and the functional order lose importance to communities, new more liquid organizational ways that require new ways of managing talent. But what’s more, the organizational border is broken down and the organizations are more open towards the outside: customers, suppliers, innovation managers, citizens…

    4. Talent management serving business and innovation: The new ways of managing talent and the new social technologies are at the service of efficiency, greater productivity, better customer/citizen service, sales efficiency…. The commitment, creativity, flexibility, talent are at the service of improvement and innovation focused on the business from a more strategic perspective.

    5. Digital rupture, the new organizations are the future, but the future is already here. We can already find excellent examples of organizations with best practices, whatever the size, and the sector is becoming increasingly less important, although the best practices are located in sectors where technology has more importance. However for most, this disruption is happening too fast and many companies and professionals find themselves lost, faced with new roles and organizational implications of these new technologies.

    The general impression of this conference is that many have already decided to move towards these types of new organizations and those that have already done it, despite the short journey, not only believe that organizations 2.0 are possible, but are inevitable as the only way of facing the future.

    Virginio Gallardo (@virginiog) is Director of Humannova, a HR consultancy specialized in helping lead innovation in companies and manage the organizational transformation. He is author of the book “Liderazgo transformacional” and coordinator of Liderazgo e Innovación 2.0. This post was published originally on his blogSupervivencia Directiva”, where you can follow his thoughts.


  • Juan Ignacio Barenys 9:00 am on April 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    The People Manager as a Trainer 

    Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

    In this blog, I highlighted a few weeks ago how positive it is that the expression “human resources management” is being replaced by “people management”. It’s not something trivial. The temptation to treat people exclusively as resources has been enticing and has brought with it attitudes that are not favorable for their overall management, beyond the mere administration.

    People management is not solely the responsibility of the departments created for such purpose in organizations. It is the asset and unavoidable obligation of those professionals who are responsible for managing others in their organization. It includes diverse functions, however today I would like to highlight one in particular, perhaps the one most forgotten: continuous training. And never a word better used than continuous, meaning: without interruption, without need for prior planning and without resorting to the well-known liturgy of classrooms, audiovisual media and reserved timetables. All the above is not strictly necessary for training people, although obviously it helps.

    Has anyone ever told, for example, a sales director to not provide training in sales techniques himself whenever the opportunity arises with his agents? Has any ever stopped a production manager from continuously transmitting his experience to the engineers under his command? Of course not. There is no people management or human resources (or however you want to call it) department that can regulate substitutes, more or less dressed up as academics, that highly personalized, enormously practical and directly focused training for the organization’s benefit. Training that is given in the day-to-day, in the work meetings, in the individual conversations and in any act that includes the slightest touch of communication.

    However, on many occasions it happens like that. Managers omit with excessive frequency and ease the responsibility of giving that ideal training and clumsily resort to the cruddy “you’ll have such and such training program” or “they give me people that don’t need training”, unacceptable clichés in a modern idea of people management.

    We shouldn’t manage, at a level, without explicit desire to train the people managed. And that should not sound like out-dated altruism, please. On the contrary, it is not just the most noble of the acts in management, but also the most profitable, in terms of benefit for the people, without a doubt, but also for the organization that houses them.

    To train people, not resources, first we need to know what their learning processes are. This way, the corresponding teaching procedures can be adapted. Not everyone learns in the same way; as a result, you can’t teach them in the same way. In formal education of groups, it is difficult to individualize those procedures, but when it is daily training from management, it can be done. It’s often enough to want to do it and to provide the personal means to do it.

    There are five learning processes that we people use: stimulus association, consequence association, imitation, peer mediation, and reflection. A combination of these can occur, and in fact, it almost always does. In each person, there is a dominant process and the other that accompany it. These five processes have another number of procedures for teaching associated: adapting the practice conditions, increase feedback, show, provide guidelines, and invite reflection. Also here “each teacher has their own book”, i.e. there is a dominant procedure. From conjunction between them, that training to which I refer will emerge spontaneously, and the figure of the manager as a people trainer will be recovered.

    Juan Ignacio Barenys de Lacha is Director at Odati and Eskpe Consulting. Member of AEDIPE, creator of the Odati Method for training executives and managers, ex-CEO of Olivetti Information Systems Spain and of Sligos Systems and chairman of the World Forum Congress in Washington in 1990.

  • Jose Luis del Campo Villares 9:00 am on March 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    5 keys for managing Internal Talent in Organizations 

    Estimated reading time: 8 minutes

    Managing internal talent in organizationsWe all have talent for something, whether it’s good or bad. At times, the problem is that we are unsure what our a special skill is used for, or even when we know it, we have little or no motivation to try to exploit it or we have an inability that prevents us from dedicate ourselves to it.

    We have always believed in the idea of talent of individuals. For this reason, when we talk about organizations, we usually refer to the concept of ‘human talent’ as the potential of its members, knowledge, aptitude, attitudes, experiences, motivation, vocational interests, skills….. that can be applied to daily work within the organization and that enable us to get the best out of each individual, which results in the improvement of the group and the organization to which they belong.

    Everyone would like to have talented individuals in their organization, or individuals with the potential to be talented, as it is believed that they will contribute positively to the growth of the organization. The truth is if the organization doesn’t have them, it can ‘import’ by bringing in outside individuals (outsourcing), but that is not the topic we are discussing today. Here we will see what is necessary to manage the ‘Internal Talent’ that organizations already have and the advantages of this talent.

    Starting from the basis that we all have a potential talent for something, what are the key points for managers in an organization in knowing how to manage the potential of its members?

    1. Ability to discover talent in its employees.
    2. Ability to know how to manage them in accordance with the organization.
    3. Ability to know how to motivate them.
    4. Ability to generate new talents among employees.
    5. Ability to adapt organizations.

    In times of crisis like the current one, it is clear that investing in bringing in outside talent is very expensive, meaning the starting point for optimizing costs lies in‘insourcing, or in other words, managing the talent and potential already found in our organization and knowing how to leverage it is infinitively more profitable, as well as them being someone who already knows the organization and doesn’t have to be taught much.

    1. Discovering talents

    Hence, the first step is to discover the internal talents of each individual so that we can reinforce the internal talent of the organization. HR management in organizations should be done by professionals specialized in competence development, skills management, and in short, those used to finding the talent in each individual. It’s not much use to think about ‘insourcing’ if we are unable to discover the potential in our employees.

    2. Managing talents

    Once we have determined what our employees talents are, the next thing is to know how they can be used for the organization’s benefit. It is not enough to know how to capture the talent of each individual, rather we must also know the functional structure of the organization and its culture in order to be able to coordinate that talent within the company’s structure. Fitting in the different talents in different positions, hierarchies and responsibilities in an organization is as important for operation as having talented individuals. If we don’t, we are wasting that ‘Internal Talent’. Having people with wasted talent and knowing it is almost worse than having talented people and not knowing it.

    3. Motivating talents

    When we have found a place for that ‘talent’, we need to know how to feed it, to motivate it so that it grows on its own and infuses others. Talent is something that, apart from having it, it is necessary to feed it and this is done with suitable motivation. The techniques for achieving it are not just economic as many believe, but all must ensure that the talented individual is happy in their position and does not want to accept outside offers that would bring their talent to other organizations.

    4. Creating new talents

    If we can find, fit in and motivate talent, wouldn’t it be perfect to be able to create new talents within the organization? Multi-disciplinary ability in our employees, combined with a fast changing environment, can be the perfect combination in order us to consider creating new talents ourselves within HR management. Having our own factory for creating talents is a way of ensuring the future success of the organization. Human capital capable of assuming responsibilities, new projects and motivated to do so is the key to survival for any organization.

    5. Adapting the organization

    But to all this, we need to add a very important thing like the fact that organizations themselves cannot be considered static entities, they need to adapt to changes in trends, regulations, competition and the environment. They are living beings, comprising of other living beings. On occasions, it is not always a case of adapting the talent of the employees to the organization, rather quite the opposite, adapting the organization to the talent of its employees who, on all probability, have adapted to the environment before the organization itself. It is as important on occasions to adapt the organization to changes and its internal talent as to make sure this talent adapts to the organization.

    Jose Luis del Campo Villares (@JoseLdelCampo) is a facilitator, trainer and coach. He cares about people and their lives within organizations; for that reason, he is a social media consultant and CEO of Socialmedia Network.

    • shalini 1:17 pm on March 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Great ways to manage internal talent Jose. Thanks!

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