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  • Writer's pictureAJ Cheponis

Don't Waste Your Time: Avoid These Talent Strategy Pitfalls

Crafting an effective talent strategy is a challenge that many organizations face. As a talent optimization coach, I have worked with businesses of all sizes and types, from small startups to large corporations. While some companies may believe that having a large budget means they have everything figured out, this is often not the case.

Creating a solid and effective talent strategy is a difficult process, and many companies make common mistakes along the way. Here are the top five mistakes I see companies regularly make when developing and implementing talent strategies.

1. Lack of a clear framework

A successful talent strategy should be based on a clear framework that connects talent data and insights to key decisions and action plans. Without a framework, your strategy is just a dream. Your strategy should start with your company's purpose and core values, then move towards a clear definition of your talent market and analysis of your competitive landscape. From here, you can identify areas for strategic differentiation and create an operational model and roadmap for implementation. All of these components should be tied together to drive quarterly planning and accountability for your senior leadership team.

2. No meeting rhythms

Many companies spend days or weeks developing a talent strategy, only to get caught up in day-to-day operations and never implement it. The best companies have a clear set of meetings and dedicated time to work on and implement their talent strategy. Annually, they plan out the next three to five years of key milestones. Quarterly, they update and evolve their plan and define their key objectives and drive accountability for completion. Monthly, they review and update their plans and respond to any new shifts in the market. Finally, weekly, they review progress, catch obstacles, and keep each other on track for the quarter.

3. Involving the wrong people

Involving the wrong people can hinder the success of your talent strategy. Some teams involve too many people and lose focus, while others don't involve enough people and miss key insights. To avoid this, include people with unique insights, data, and understanding of your business and the talent market, as well as those with power and influence who need to buy into the outcomes and decisions developed in the process.

4. Too many priorities

A good talent strategy focuses on a handful of things that make your company unique in the talent market. It also includes decisions about what your company is not going to do. Prioritizing everything waters down your position in the market and makes it impossible for candidates to see any uniqueness in your company. This forces you to compete on salaries, which is a painful place to be, especially for growth companies.

5. Missing action plan

Finally, a talent strategy is worthless if you're not going to implement it. Make sure your talent strategy gets translated into a set of operational priorities and a roadmap of key milestones that set clear objectives on a quarterly basis. Then use these when doing your quarterly planning and priorities.

Creating an effective talent strategy is challenging, but it's crucial to the success of your business. A good talent strategy guides priorities and decision-making at all levels of your organization. If your talent strategy isn't doing that, take a step back and make some changes before investing any more time or money in your planning.

If you're ready to take your talent strategy to the next level and unlock your company's full potential, don't hesitate to reach out to Straightline Consulting Group. Our team of experts can help you identify and overcome any obstacles standing in the way of achieving your goals, and work with you to create a comprehensive talent optimization plan that aligns with your business strategy. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you turn your vision into reality.

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