Saturday, December 18, 2010

Playing Talent Mad Scientist...


I recently came across a very cool game called Phylo. It was part of an article in Wired Magazine titled "Computer Games Makes You a Genetic Scientist." The intent of the online game is to take advantage of the prowess of the human mind's pattern recognition capabilities. As the article states:

"Phylo players move colored squares representing the four nucleotides of DNA to find the best alignment between snippets of DNA from two different species. These particular sections of DNA, called promoter regions, determine which parts of the genome end up as traits in the organism, whether it be blue eyes or heart disease."

The connection of this game to our role as Human Capital Management (HCM) and Talent Development leaders is interesting...Just as Phylo is leveraging the human ability to see pattern's, we should be doing the same. Looking for patterns in the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) environment is difficult, especially when it is focused on talent that drives our organizational success. Driving to success in this type of VUCA environment, while difficult, is not impossible.

Dr. Charles Dwyer of the University of Pennsylvania and the Aresty Institute's Leading and Managing People Academic Director at the Wharton Business School stated recently at a session I attended, that leaders need to think strategically and systematically. This is no more apparent than it is now in relation to acquiring, developing and retaining talent to drive business and mission results. Effective HCM leaders are able to identify strategic capabilities needed to fuel innovation, agility and competitive advantage. They are able to understand and see patterns in their current workforce capacity in respect to the identified capabilities. With this knowledge, they are able to make informed engagement with organization leadership to recommend the right approaches in enabling Buy, Build, Rent and Partner decisions.

When I visualize this activity...I see a Talent Mad Scientist...identifying the basic talent DNA building blocks for organizational success. Attempting to find the right pattern that will make an evolutionary leap in capabilities for the organization...

When you think of the Talent Mad Scientist...what do you see?


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