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Agile Skills Management® (ASM) Workforce Solutions - Say goodbye to Excel!

Nimble Global

Nimble Global

Stop the madness of Total Talent Management until you truly know the 'Real People' you already have!

It's time for our industry to wake up and recognize the repetitive buzzwords, rehashed concepts disguised as innovation, and the constant craziness that creates confusion but fails to deliver meaningful results. This is all due to the long-standing practice of putting the 'cart before the horse.'

Companies invest substantial amounts of money in recruitment while simultaneously, valuable employees with the needed skills are leaving. The first step should be to understand the skills of your existing internal workforce (employees) and external workforce (non-employees) and the Real People within your organization and prioritize investment in your people assets from the outset.

Understanding Your Current Workforce

1. Comprehensive Skills Inventory:

Before embarking on any talent management initiative, take stock of the skills and competencies within your existing workforce. This means creating a comprehensive skills inventory that includes both your internal employees and external non-employee workers such as contractors, freelancers, and consultants.

2. Employee Engagement and Retention:

Engage with your current employees to understand their career aspirations, skill gaps, and job satisfaction levels. High turnover rates often signal deeper issues within the organization, such as lack of growth opportunities or poor management practices. Investing in employee engagement initiatives can significantly reduce turnover and retain valuable talent.

3. Non-Employee Workforce Integration:

Non-employees are an essential part of your workforce. Treat them with the same level of respect and integration as your permanent employees. Ensure they have access to necessary resources, training, and support to perform at their best. This will not only improve their performance but also increase their loyalty and commitment to your organization.

Investing in People Assets

4. Training and Development:

Investing in continuous learning and development is crucial. Offer training programs that help employees and non-employees alike to upskill and reskill. This not only improves their performance but also prepares them for future roles within the organization, reducing the need for external recruitment.

5. Career Pathways and Progression:

Develop clear career pathways and progression plans for your employees. Ensure they are aware of the opportunities available within the organization and how they can advance their careers. This transparency can boost motivation and retention.

6. Mentorship and Coaching:

Implement mentorship and coaching programs to support professional development. Pairing less experienced employees with seasoned mentors can accelerate their growth and help them acquire critical skills more quickly.

Leveraging Technology

7. Workforce Analytics:

Utilize advanced workforce analytics to gain insights into your workforce's strengths, weaknesses, and potential. Analyze data to identify skill gaps, predict future talent needs, and measure the effectiveness of your talent management initiatives.

8. Integrated Talent Management Systems:

Adopt integrated talent management systems that provide a holistic view of your workforce. These systems should track employee performance, skills, career progression, and engagement levels. Having all this information in one place facilitates better decision-making and strategic planning.

9. AI and Machine Learning:

Leverage AI and machine learning to enhance your talent management efforts. These technologies can help in identifying high-potential employees, recommending personalized development plans, and even predicting turnover risks.

Fostering a Culture of Recognition and Feedback

10. Continuous Feedback Mechanisms:

Move away from annual performance reviews and adopt continuous feedback mechanisms. Regular check-ins and feedback sessions ensure that employees receive timely recognition for their efforts and understand areas for improvement.

11. Recognition Programs:

Implement robust recognition programs that celebrate employee achievements. Recognizing and rewarding employees for their hard work fosters a positive work environment and encourages others to strive for excellence.

12. Employee Voice:

Create platforms for employees to voice their opinions and suggestions. This can be through surveys, suggestion boxes, or regular town hall meetings. Listening to your employees and acting on their feedback demonstrates that you value their input and are committed to continuous improvement.

Aligning Talent Management with Business Strategy

13. Strategic Workforce Planning:

Ensure that your talent management initiatives align with your overall business strategy. Strategic workforce planning involves understanding the current and future talent needs of the organization and developing plans to meet those needs. This alignment ensures that your talent management efforts contribute to the organization's long-term success.

14. Cross-Functional Collaboration:

Promote collaboration across different functions within the organization. Encourage departments to work together to identify talent needs, share resources, and support each other's goals. This integrated approach can lead to more effective talent management and a stronger organizational culture.

15. Leadership Development:

Invest in leadership development programs to build a pipeline of future leaders. Effective leaders are critical to the success of any talent management initiative. Provide opportunities for leadership training, mentorship, and real-world experience to prepare your next generation of leaders.

Measuring and Adjusting

16. Regular Assessments:

Conduct regular assessments of your talent management initiatives to measure their effectiveness. Use metrics such as employee engagement, retention rates, and performance improvements to evaluate your progress. Be prepared to make adjustments based on these assessments to continuously improve your approach.

17. Benchmarking:

Compare your talent management practices with industry benchmarks to identify areas for improvement. Benchmarking against best practices can provide valuable insights and help you stay competitive in the talent market.

18. Flexibility and Adaptability:

Remain flexible and adaptable in your talent management approach. The business environment is constantly changing, and so are the needs of your workforce. Being open to new ideas and willing to pivot when necessary ensures that your talent management strategy remains relevant and effective.


The concept of Total Talent Management sounds impressive, but it can lead to chaos and inefficiency if not grounded in a deep understanding of the 'Real People' within your organization. By focusing on the comprehensive evaluation of existing talent, investing in people assets, leveraging technology, fostering a culture of recognition and feedback, aligning talent management with business strategy, and regularly measuring and adjusting your approach, you can create a sustainable and effective talent management strategy.

Stop the madness of chasing buzzwords and start building a workforce that is engaged, skilled, and aligned with your organizational goals. This is the real path to success.

By taking these steps, organizations can avoid the pitfalls of superficial talent management practices and build a robust, high-performing workforce that drives long-term success.

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