Talent Management software isn't an expensive luxury

"What's the real cost of Talent Management software?" It's a question always asked by HR and Talent decision makers - regardless of the size of the organisation, or the size of the budget. And there's a straightforward way to answer that using our Talent Management Pricing Calculator.…

Making Check-Ins a purposeful conversation.

  Everyone we talk to is buzzing about how to move to a more conversational approach to performance management.  But for many, it's not clear what that means in practice and how to make those conversations 'purposeful'. Moving to a more agile and on-going approach to appraisal conversations, needs a culture shift, buy-in and commitment to a change.  Whilst you don't 'need' software, a great online system can help embed and reinforce this change.  Having a tool that is easy to access and simple to use means you can enable, capture and build on those great conversations!  For you in HR, you'll be able to see what is happening and where - and measure, track and celebrate engagement in this new process.  Spend 2-3 minutes now and take a quick look at the video below of how 'purposeful' check-ins can work between managers and their team members.…

How detailed does your Competency framework need to be?

Increasingly and as part of a broader talent management strategy, we are helping client's analyse and develop competency frameworks. Working with large numbers of these you do begin to see patterns and consistent themes, but we do also see a great variation in the depth, breadth and structure of competency models.  If you'd like to see some examples that span this spectrum, read on and do contact us. When developing a framework to underpin your talent management efforts, it can be difficult to strike a balance between something that will apply to most and making it too generalised to be useful. Our first step, is to ask why and how with the framework be used.  We often create 'personas' of people that intend to use the framework in applications such as recruitment, performance management, talent reviews, leadership development and so on.  With this 'lens' firmly in mind, we can begin to set the right level and continuously refer back to the 'how' and 'why' to keep the project outcome-focused. Whilst staying grounded in the application of competences, we can't ignore the sound research that exists and has stood the test of time.  …

Six ways to help team performance using 360 degree feedback

360 degree feedback is mainly used as a way of identifying strengths and development needs of an individual. It’s used often as part of a leadership or personal development programme, or alongside coaching – but not so often as part of the development of team performance. With a greater focus on rewarding, empowering and driving team performance, why is that?…

Build Succession Plans based on solid Career Conversations

We've blogged before about Succession Planning and taking the organisational view to manage business risk.  Now let's bring in the 'flip side' of the Succession Planning equation - the 'employee voice'.…

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