Talent Optimization in Serbia – spreading the power of PI

Our PI Consultant Dragana Ristić is working very hard to spread the Talent Optimization message to the business community in Serbia. She is part of the HR working group of the German Chamber of Commerce in Serbia.

We are delighted to share that she has recently had the opportunity to present The Predictive Index (PI) methodology – and in particular the new PI Team Discovery tool – to the members of the Chamber. This new and unique Team functionality allows you to assess your team’s strategic goals and behavioural style side-by-side — so you can determine where the team is suited to succeed and where they may need to stretch.

the great retention

How much talent will you lose in ‘The Great Resignation’? – Part 2

The Great Retention

The pandemic has presented many employees with the opportunity to reflect on what is important to us, to our families, and to our happiness. Hybrid work is here to stay, and many of us are in the mood to make changes. Companies are warned of a mass exodus of talent – ‘The Great Resignation’.

If you haven’t already, please do read part one of this blog where I discuss how the pandemic changed our attitudes towards our lives and how we want to work. In part two I want to discuss what organisations can do to avoid losing their top talent in ‘The Great Resignation’.

How much talent will you lose in ‘The Great Resignation’? – Part 1

The pandemic has changed our perception of reality

Although it’s now 23 years since it first came out, The Truman Show remains one of my favourite movies. It’s one of those rare films that I can watch over and over. Everything about it works, and if it didn’t, any film with Laura Linney is surely reason enough to do that anyway!

You remember the basic plot, right? Truman Burbank (played by Jim Carey) has spent his entire life as the central character in the world’s most popular reality TV show. He has been in this environment since birth and remains oblivious that every other character in his life is played by an actor. The whole edifice is controlled by a despotic director named Christof (Ed Harris).

As the plot evolves, Truman realises that his entire life is an elaborate construct. The final scene has Truman reaching the physical end of his known world and facing the option of returning to the artificial construct of life as it was. He is encouraged to do so by the “Creator” (Christof). The other option is to move through a doorway to the real unknown world. The movie ends with Truman voicing his signature catch phrase “In case I don’t see ya, good morning, good afternoon and good night!” as he (spoiler alert) steps through the doorway.

high-performing teams at talent-optimized companies

Why Talent Optimization is a differentiator

Talent Optimization is the discipline of optimally aligning your business strategy to your people strategy to achieve the best possible business results. So, what really is the business value of being talent-optimized?

Are you prepared for a strategy change?

Your positive business results speak for themselves, and your employees seem engaged and motivated. That’s great, but what if the economic landscape and business pressures change? Are you ready to respond quickly and effectively? …

Elephant in the room - senior workers

The one with the peculiar shuffle

Look, the time has come, and we can’t ignore it any longer. Let’s talk about the last taboo, the elephant in the room. The grey, slightly cynical fifty-eight year old elephant to be precise. The one who is two years away from retirement, who has clocked up nearly forty years of commendable service, and whose best friend has set up a commune in Torquay. The elephant who is now beginning to view motivation like securing the belt on his trousers. …

Recruitment - hiring - without guesswork

Take the guesswork out of hiring

As the COVID-19 crisis slightly loosens its grip on the economy, our clients tell us that recruitment challenges are very much front of mind. As restrictions are eased, many companies can finally open up, look to the future, and think about expanding their workforce.

According to a recent study in the UK and Ireland, 38% of those surveyed plan to leave their jobs in the next six months to a year. The pandemic has caused a definite shift in employees’ priorities and expectations. This scenario will both open up further new vacancies and also increase the available talent on the job market. …

Don’t judge a penguin by its waddle

I was recently introduced to a wonderful You Tube video (in German) called ‘Das Penguin Prinzip’ (The Penguin Principle). It provides a charming but very poignant reminder that we really shouldn’t judge the character or worth of someone at first sight.

Dr. Eckart von Hirschhausen is a German television host, doctor, magician, comedian, cabaret artist, and author. In this extract, he recounts an anecdote from his time as an entertainer on a cruise ship, and a visit to a Norwegian zoo.

In one of the zoo enclosures, he saw a little penguin sitting on a rock. He looked at the creature and thought: “Look at this poor thing. A flightless bird. Stocky and totally out of proportion. Definitely one of nature’s misconstructions!”

The Penguin Principle

Then the penguin jumped into the water and, through the glass, Hirschhausen watched him swim in the water, nimbly twisting and turning. The onlooker’s jaw dropped, and he was forced to rethink his original assessment of the little creature’s suitability and talents.

Lack of people focus

Talk to the hand – or chat with a smile?

Task versus people focus – what does your company need?

Mei you!”* (No!)

The voice, surprisingly shrill for someone who appears to be asleep, carries across the cavernous room. A blue-clad arm with white elbow protectors waves me away. The shop assistant’s head is not moving from its resting position on the counter.

“But… I haven’t said what I wanted to buy yet?” I say in English, somewhat baffled.

MEI YOU!”

“Er… so probably not, then. Bye!”

This was my first encounter with customer service in China. I had just arrived in Beijing in 1988 and needed something from the optimistically named Friendship Store – a place where you could buy foreign-made goods and pay with US dollars.

teeth on edge; pull your teeth back; dislike

How to pull your teeth back from the edge

“She sets my teeth on edge.”

“He makes my skin crawl.”

“People like that make me sick.”

Have you ever said that, or, being polite, thought that, about someone?

I know I have.

Why do we like or dislike people?

When we take an instant dislike to someone, we often describe our feelings in these physical terms. If challenged to explain our negative reaction, we tend to mumble something about what they have said or done, or that “they just rub me up the wrong way, that’s all”.

How to make your job offer irresistible

How you offer the job to your new recruit is vitally important. But why?

Surely, finding the right person for the job is key, I hear you say. And it is, but think about it this way: while you might not hesitate to reach for white chocolate as your favourite treat, to someone else a bar of dark chocolate is irresistible. Picture the scenario.

A new survey of over 5000 UK workers, has discovered that an astounding 84% of those currently in employment are planning to apply for new roles this year. Many might still be biding their time and are waiting for the right opportunity. Many companies are struggling to fill their vacancies, and competition for those quality candidates is high.