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Talent Management In the Post-Covid World

Talent Management in the Post-Covid World

Talent Management in the Post-Covid World

Talent management is the art of identifying, training, motivating and nurturing those special people, who we think have high potential and are therefore worth investing in.

In the post-Covid world, there will be more remote working from home, which means that the specific qualities that we use to define those with high potential has changed, which means that talent management must also change.

Talent management post-Covid has changed the specific attributes that define the concept of people with high potential, but before we get into the details of those changes, we need to reaffirm that many things have not changed and never will.

Talent managers have always sought people with a set of core, universal qualities that distinguish them as worthy of investment.

Talent managers look for these personal factors:

  1. Raw Intelligence.
  2. Natural talent.
  3. Willingness to learn.
  4. Honesty.
  5. Commitment.
  6. Cooperative nature.

Reflective Question:

What would be the consequence of any person of talent, who was marred by any one of the following flaws:

  1. Idiocy.
  2. Ineptitude.
  3. Unwilling to learn.
  4. Dishonesty.
  5. A lack of commitment.
  6. Uncooperative nature.

The personal qualities that were sought-after pre-Covid, are now somewhat obsolete and new qualities have taken their place.

Pre-Covid Post-Covid
Charismatic. Personal magnetism and charm. Personal initiative. The ability to act without being told.
Rapport builder: Friendly, likable, possessing the gift of the gab. Self-disciplined. Able to make themselves do what they don't want to do.
Good verbal communicator.
Good with the spoken word, motivating and upbeat personality.
Excellent written communicator. Able to express their exact meaning in writing.

Reflective questions:

  1. What qualities which used to be in-demand in a busy, open-plan office, may now be considered, non-essential?
  2. Which qualities, that used to be not important, have become more important when people are required to work from home, away from their colleagues?

Training talent.

Talent management and training was often done via mentoring, by a more senior member of the team.

Post-Covid, it may not be possible to be personally mentored, so the rising stars, must be ready, willing and able to self-study. They must be more able to learn by reflecting on their own personal experience.

Pre-Covid Training Post-Covid Training
Mentoring Self-study
Coaching Reflective learning
Learn by modelling examples Grasp the learning experience from any defeats

Reflective questions:

  1. How many people are able to judge themselves objectively, in order to discover their weak points, admit to them, and work to eliminate them? Why would this ability be crucial to post-Covid talent?
  2. How many people are blind to their weaknesses and justify them, rather than rectify them? Would these people be good candidates for the post-Covid talent?

Motivating and nurturing people with talent.

In the pre-Covid times motivation came from outside agencies such as managers and team leaders, who would supply a constant stream of appreciation, thanks and praise, a pleasant working environment and friendly office atmosphere.

Those days are gone.

Post-Covid, people must be able to motivate themselves, by more introverted means:

  • Personal goal setting and high ambition.
  • High personal standards.
  • Good prioritisation skills.

Talent spotters need to identify those people who have an internal locus of control and who do not have a need for constant social interaction and friendly company.

Talent spotters must recalibrate their scales, and now look for a different kind of talent.

Pre-Covid Motivation Post-Covid Motivation
Appreciation, thanks and praise Goal setting and high ambition
Pleasant work environment High personal standards
Friendly office atmosphere Good prioritisation skills

About the Author: Chris Farmer


Chris Farmer is the founder of the Corporate Coach Group and has many years’ experience in training leaders and managers, in both the public and private sectors, to achieve their organisational goals, especially during tough economic times. He is also well aware of the disciplines and problems associated with running a business.

Over the years, Chris has designed and delivered thousands of training programmes and has coached and motivated many management teams, groups and individuals. His training programmes are both structured and clear, designed to help delegates organise their thinking and, wherever necessary, to improve their techniques and skills.

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