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Talent must be taken on board

Stefan Stern

Financial Times

12 June 2014


PA’s Lesley Uren, talent management expert, is quoted in an article which addresses the importance of talent being discussed in the boardroom.

Previously boards were worried about surviving rather than expanding, but now their conversations will be very different.

Lesley explains that in the downturn, talented staff would have stayed put in their job: “People will have been in ‘career hibernation’. There may have been nowhere else for them to go; so staying put will have been more important than progression.

“But now people will be seeking new challenges, development and variety. They may feel they have earned it after the hard work of recent years,” she adds.

Lesley explains that talent is now being knitted into boardroom agendas as a dedicated topic. “I know of one leading company where one out of its 10 all-day board sessions is going to be devoted to this question of talent,” says Lesley.

The article points out that PA has discovered from other conversations with chief executives that chairmen are getting more involved in such discussions.

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