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Ten Absolute Truths About Talent Management in Digital Business

Published: 11 July 2016

ID: G00303502

Analyst(s): Lily Mok , Diane Berry


CIOs, digital business leaders and HR leaders can apply 10 foundational principles and actionable advice to the design and implementation of effective talent management programs for digitalization.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Truth No. 1: A Compelling Vision and a Clearly Defined Digital Business Strategy Should Drive Every Decision Made About the Organization and Its People
  • Truth No. 2: Digital Mindset and Competencies, Not Technical Skills, Drive the Digital Edge in Performance
  • Truth No. 3: Digital Business Demands a Shift From Command-and-Control Leadership to Enable-and-Collaborate Leadership
  • Truth No. 4: Agility Is the Principle Design Element for Organizing and Mobilizing People for Digital Business
  • Truth No. 5: Most Organizations Don't Have Enough Versatilists to Transform to a Digital Business
  • Truth No. 6: Diverse Workforce Generates Diverse Ideas and Innovative Solutions
  • Truth No. 7: Every Digital Business Must Have a Digital Workplace to Drive Employee Engagement and Effectiveness
  • Truth No. 8: An HR and IT Partnership Is Critical to Bring Talent and Business Intelligence Together to Create an Edge in Digital Business
  • Truth No. 9: A Talent Ecosystem Must Embrace "Social" to Cultivate Digital Expertise
  • Truth No. 10: Teams Must Be Recognized and Rewarded Based on Teamwork and Value Contribution to the Digital Business

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