This one secret may make you very successful – only if you use it

Success: It’s all about people

A lot of research has been conducted on the subject of management over recent years, and it all seems to be pointing out the same patterns.

It is all about people and how you manage them.

In December 2014, the Harvard Business Review (HBR) published an article called Talent. Why Chief Human Resources officers make great CEOs. In this article, they put forward some research that may influence the way you see your workplace from now on.

“Over the past 20 years Jim Collins and other management theorists have focused on talent management as the prime determinant of corporate success” (HBR 2014)

Once you read it, it all seems like common sense.

Well, have a look around you next time you are at work and really check for how this common sense principle is being applied by managers.

The article goes on to explain how

“If you don’t have the right people in the right places. the right talent strategy and the right team dynamics in the right culture – and if you manage how an organisation works proactively from a cultural and people oriented perspective, you could be on a serious path to disaster”.

A good example to illustrate this is being a sports coach. If you have a talented left-wing player playing as a full-back, you are probably not making the best use of your resources.

But how do you put this strategy in place at work?

Learning about people’s outcomes and intentions, as well as the values they hold in life outside of work, will, for example, give you a good idea of how to keep them motivated and responding to useful talent strategies and team dynamics.

Being aware of individual people’s patterns of human experience can give you a great competitive advantage.

Someone who values praise and high-quality results will have a different motivation for doing certain tasks than someone who values money over anything else, for example. Not that one is better than the other, but they will both work better when offered frames and conditions that fit for them.

So go ahead and coach your team to victory, and let us know if you would like our help.

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