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Create a Talent Strategy

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Contributors

  • Carol Beatty, Director of the Industrial Relations Center, Queens University, President, Warp Speed Training Enterprises
  • Robert Carlyle, Director, Strategic Workforce Management, Royal Bank of Canada
  • Alfonsina Chang, Professor, Seneca College
  • Courtney Harrison, Consultant
  • Michael Hoseus, Executive Director, Center for Quality People & Organizations (CQPO)
  • Lisa Jenkins, Process Optimization and Change Management Consultant
  • Sonya Kunkel, Chief Inclusion Officer and Vice-President, Talent Strategies, BMO
  • Danielle Mandell, VP, People, Habitat for Humanity GTA
  • Andrew Mayo, Human Capital Management Professor, Middlesex University London
  • Jackie Meagher, VP of HR, Info-Tech Research Group
  • Dennis Miller, Speaker, Author, and Leadership Coach, The Power of Strategic Alignment: A Guide to Energizing Leadership and Maximizing Potential in Today’s Nonprofit Organizations
  • Nan Oldroyd, HR Executive
  • Tracey Pope, Chief People Officer, Canadian Red Cross
  • Jennifer Riel, Managing Director, Knowledge Infrastructure Project, Co- Author of Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works, University of Toronto, Rotman School of Business
  • Brenda Rigney, Vice President of People Operations, Hootsuite Blog
  • Harleen Smith, CHRO, Houston Airport System
  • Dave Ulrich, Professor and Author, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
  • Jeanne Wisniewski, Chief People Officer, Vitals

Your Challenge

  • Truly understanding organizational goals, sources of competitive advantage, and critical capabilities requires a different skill set and approach than HR may be accustomed to.
  • Limited resources for strategic initiatives and an ongoing commitment to deliver core HR services restrict HR’s ability to create value for organizations.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Senior leaders are demanding more strategic value from their HR departments, but are not changing the level of resources available to them.
  • This means that while there are myriad effective HR programs and processes that will benefit organizations, there are not enough resources to execute even half of them well.
  • HR leaders must prioritize aspects of the workforce that are critical to executing the strategy and identify HR initiatives that will best support them.

Impact and Result

  • Identifying the key talent implications required to achieve the organization’s goals enables the creation of targeted HR initiatives.
  • Reviewing existing initiatives and reallocating resources to strategically aligned activities will make the most out of limited resources, while helping to build the case for additional resources.

Research & Tools

2. Establish the future state

Prioritize talent implications, create strategic pillars, and identify HR outcomes.

3. Pinpoint gaps

Understand the current state compared to the desired future state to determine gaps that HR initiatives will address.

4. Create a roadmap

Develop an action plan and communicate this strategy to the organization.

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is an eight call advisory process.

Guided Implementation #1 - Identify talent implications

Call #1 - Discuss analysis and activities to understand organizational direction.
Call #2 - Determine strategy scope and proper communication plan.

Guided Implementation #2 - Establish the future state

Call #1 - Review talent implications and discuss potential omissions.
Call #2 - Review strategy pillars and HR outcomes for alignment and clarity.

Guided Implementation #3 - Pinpoint gaps

Call #1 - Review HR Stakeholder Management results and discuss communication strategy with stakeholders.
Call #2 - Discuss gaps and identify appropriate initiatives and related McLean & Company resources.

Guided Implementation #4 - Create a roadmap

Call #1 - Discuss prioritization of initiatives to help identify critical tasks.
Call #2 - Review completed talent strategy prior to distribution and discuss key messaging.

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Module 1: Identify Talent Implications of Organizational Direction

The Purpose

  • Create a targeted talent strategy.
  • Determine how the talent strategy will effect organizational talent.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Current state evaluated.
  • Talent implications realized.

Activities

Outputs

1.1

Review organizational strategy documents.

  • Organizational strategy documents reviewed.
1.2

Conduct a PESTLE analysis.

1.3

Conduct SWOT analysis.

  • PESTLE and SWOT analyses conducted.
1.4

Identify talent implications.

1.5

Prioritize talent implications.

  • Talent implications identified and prioritized.

Module 2: Determine Strategic Pillars and HR Outcomes

The Purpose

  • Define the directional statements that will become the strategic pillars.
  • Determine how HR will accomplish the strategic pillars.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Strategic pillars defined.
  • HR outcomes described.

Activities

Outputs

2.1

Create strategic pillars.

  • Strategic pillars created.
2.2

Identify metrics to support pillars.

  • Metrics determined.
2.3

Review HRSM results (1).

2.4

Create HR outcomes.

  • HR outcomes created.

Module 3: Evaluate HR’s Ability to Achieve the Outcomes

The Purpose

  • Identify initiatives that will elevate the strategic contributions of your HR function.
  • Discover gaps in HR capacity to deliver HR outcomes.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • HR initiatives identified.
  • Gaps in capacity analyzed and areas of growth pinpointed.

Activities

Outputs

3.1

Review HRSM results (2).

  • Stakeholder management feedback and data considered.
3.2

Conduct a SWOT for HR.

  • SWOT for HR conducted.
3.3

Evaluate capability to deliver on HR outcomes.

  • HR capacity evaluated.
3.4

Prioritize gaps.

  • Gaps prioritized.
3.5

Review existing initiatives.

  • Existing initiatives reviewed.