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No feel for talent management

In a fast-paced world, organizations have to prove time and time again that they can adapt and adjust to new conditions. We at Semler Company notice that one function where this spirit of innovation has not yet arrived is human resources. The way in which human capital management is practiced in many companies is in our opinion no longer up to date and can affect the company's performance.

A study by the Harvard Business Manager shows that the focus is on preparing young employees for leadership position. While the topic of leadership plays a relevant role, it is no longer appropriate to prime talents for clearly defined positions. Often it is not clear if certain positions still exist in coming years.

Instead, we believe, more attention should be paid to central social skills and personality traits: willingness to change, developing disruptive ideas, and the confidence to swim against the tide. Personality development should also be focused on more.