Yesterday, I was down in London to attend the CIPD meeting on talent management. This is a hot issue.
“The war for talent”
With my recent experience teaching management to 900 predominantly Gen Y students in New Zealand, I wondered what they would make of that expression.
Would you like two employers to go to war to win you? Sounds good.
Are you a prize to be won? Mmmm . . .
There may be a war to be the best employer though, because Gen Y not only clutches a mobile, it is mobile.
Gen Y are often described as a feckless generation. They aren’t in my experience. Their mobile phones, metaphors of the age, deliver personal, relevant and timely information. They are more focused, more connected, more socially responsible and more time oriented than any generation that have gone before.
Are we going to keep up with them? Who will win the war for a Gen-Y-ready organization?
This reminds me of that famous saying. Whoops, there go my people. I must find out where they are going so I can lead them.
Someone asked the question from the floor. Is talent management always about slots that we want to fill? Or, are the ambitions and interests of our people, and how they develop when they work with each other, our real competitive edge?
Is Gen Y going to rewrite the employment contract? Will work become a place where we are agentic? Where there is room for initiative? Where we become purposeful and imaginative because our work brings out what is purposeful and imaginative?
Will people or talent become less of a commodity, and more of an essential alliance between stakeholders?