Creative metaphors for talents management

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The presentation uses two metaphors to guide us in the management of talents. The metaphors uncover some interesting observations that have been sparingly, if any, discussed. Overcrowding of talents and its ill-effect and talents that repel other talents are two prime observations.

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  • Yusuf, I dearly evaluate your feedback. Operational excellence and organizational agility combined, as you highlight, is the formulae for success. Terric comment
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  • Dear Ali, I read your presentation. It gives fantastic talent strategy for leaders/managers. I believe that everyone should read and understand this strategy. Because it will create operational excellence and organizational agility in today's complex business world. It points the importance of organizational alignment. Excellent! Thank you for your great insights. It really motivated me!
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  • Roman,

    You asked 'have you ever tried to pray while sleeping ?' and my answer is probably yes. I love the idea. You reminded me of my other presentation three months ago 'Clean Your Mind Cache'. May be a sleeping mind does that.
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  • pretty late but yesterday i would have wished you a happy sugar celebration iftar. Mostly while ramadan i imagine what needs to be done for Muslims will find rest and inner and outside peace in their holiest month. In some issues the open charity of muslim community while ramadan is a very impressive way of spiritual belongings. i had yesterday a feasting of food. 'for some of my illnesses a full feast without drinking anything would be to toxic although i could stand that for 2 days. While ramadan my prayertime increases and my western pride over other cultures decreases. have you ever tried to pray while sleeping ? from time to time my mind is able to do so. with sometimes hard outcomes. the more impressive part to me is yet the world maybe is able to keep 'relative' peace for some seconds word wide where noone is hit shot hurt or lied to. But if one takes the individuals time line into this equation as well individuals peace and patients than the time scale of Gods will be done is nearly full over uncountable seeds like sandscorns on the beaches of the world. So i will be glad when you eat the first date after sunset
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  • Roman,
    I thank you so much for your idea and willingness to brainstorm to get that 'talented idea' off ground.
    As you know it is holiday here following Ramadan, the fasting month. My availability is very limited fr the next three days. Soon, I shall fix a time suitable for both of us.
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Creative metaphors for talents management

  1. 1. Creative Metaphors for Talents Management Creative Metaphors for Talents Management Ali Anani, PhD
  2. 2. I dedicate this presentation to Arpit Daniel Das
  3. 3. Let us start with a story
  4. 4. Two prisoners shared one confinement room
  5. 5. One prisoner was active and cared to clean around him The roommate had an opposite character
  6. 6. This led once to a great conflict between them and resulted in shouting and threatening each other
  7. 7. The prison warden decided that they shall have dry chickpeas for lunch as a punishment for them
  8. 8. He opened a small window and threw an open bag filled with chickpeas
  9. 9. The agile prisoner collected the scattered chickpeas and ate them, except for the last one
  10. 10. He threw it at the lazy mate and said that out of pity he was giving it to him
  11. 11. The lazy prisoner tried to eat the chickpea, but it almost broke his teeth. It turned out to be a dusty jewel
  12. 12. Talents are the few hidden dusty jewels in the organization. They need to be found and dusted off to regain their luster
  13. 13. There is another thinking approach
  14. 14. Talents are the micronutrients of any organization
  15. 15. Micronutrients are required in very low concentrations by the plants and as low concentrations required by plants, typically as 20 to 200 parts per million, depending on the nutrient
  16. 16. The macronutrients obtained from the soil include nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and others
  17. 17. Micronutrient deficiencies decrease yields before symptoms appear
  18. 18. It is a challenge to diagnose correctly that shortage of micronutrients is responsible for drop in yield
  19. 19. http://eurocol.in/euroagri/micro-nutrients.html
  20. 20. http://www.swaroopagro.com/microutrients.html
  21. 21. Physical and chemical characteristics of soil affect the availability and uptake of micronutrients
  22. 22. Consider the organization the soil and talents the micronutrients
  23. 23. Extend the analogy between managing micronutrients and talents
  24. 24. Certain crops require only few, but not all, micronutrients
  25. 25. Some tasks shall require certain talents and substituting them with irrelevant talents shall not be greatly beneficial Some tasks shall require certain talents and substituting them with irrelevant talents shall not be greatly beneficial
  26. 26. Beware of some employees who may repel some talents from staying or getting attracted to your organization. You don’t want your organization to look yellowish
  27. 27. Deficiency of some micronutrients may lead to the stunted growth of young plants. The youngest leaves are affected first. They will be distorted, thick, brittle and small.
  28. 28. Young talents shall be affected negatively by the absence of caring talents around them. Young talents will grow out of shape
  29. 29. Copper is not readily transferred from old to young leaves, so older leaves remain darker and relatively healthy and the deficiency symptoms develop on younger leaves. You don’t need this Young Talents Syndrome
  30. 30. Excessively using micronutrients be have a counter effect and become toxic to yield
  31. 31. Avoid “Luxury Acquisition” of talents This could prove toxic to the organization
  32. 32. Viewing talents as the “Micronutrients Staff” shall open the eye on many managerial issues:
  33. 33. • Symptoms of talents deficiency • Symptoms of talents bleach • Balancing talents requirement • Conditioning the organizational soil and keeping the talent • Toxic surplus of talents • Controlling some talents that are repellent to other talents
  34. 34. Stretching our thinking shall uncover many more similarities

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