Talent Retention – rising to the challenge

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Talent retention is always a challenge, particularly among the talented who are productive and add value to the organisation. It is impossible to put a price tag on innovative and highly creative individuals who are able to steer things better than the average worker.

The fact that these folks exist really mean that managers have the prerogative to develop themselves to manage and lead them. Talented individuals are not “yes men” who are weak and easily controlled. In fact, they are always on the lookout for better opportunities. If the organisation is unable to flexibly play by a different set of rules in managing them, another will… and the organisation will just have to be prepared to lose talent.

Given that managers are compensated for managing processes and people, the key is to create a culture to nurture and bring out the best in the people. Micromanagement and authoritarian control just won’t do the organisation any justice.

J.CJ

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