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Talent Management / Executive Coaching

In a recent HBR article by Ready, Hill and Thomas, they described the traits of an effective talent management strategy as being built on four, essentially contradictory, pillars or “tensions”.  They contended that mastering all four tensions will help your organization stay focused on its core purpose, build a high-performance culture, and follow guiding principles that are authentic and energizing.   They are as follows:

  • Collective and Individual – a team player but also recognize unique contribution
  • Enduring and Regenerative – build on existing strengths whilst looking for new and better ways
  • Strategic and Operational – see the big picture but not lose sight of execution
  • Global and Local – recognize the global opportunity whilst continuing to serve what you have

Executive coaching has become a norm relative to developing talent at the most senior level.  The C-Suite will attend group sessions associated with typical strategic issues, but when it comes to advancing their leadership capabilities, there has been gravitation towards a one on one coaching process.

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As an Executive Coach how might utilizing these tensions above be useful?  One possibility is to benchmark each of the 4 tensions as a continuum and assess where the executive might fall.  An extension of this would be to make an assessment relative to the requirements of the job; then you can compare and contrast.  For example, let evaluate Position 1, running a traditional manufacturing plant with 2,000 people in a local market versus Position 2, which has responsibility for 2,000 contract personnel across numerous countries in software technology.

This is somewhat subjective but the key here is that one size does not fit all.  As you assess your client, it might be helpful to gain an understanding as to what the job requires and then formulate the appropriate talent plan to serve that.

About Bill Sex

Bill Sex is President of New England Coaching and specializes in supporting personal, professional and organizational advancement with specific emphasis on coaching skills, emotional intelligence and employee engagement / motivation.

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