Zurich : Lunch & Learn

14 Jul 2011

Creating Talent Champions

Christoffer Ellehuus
Managing Director Corporate Leadership Council

Christoffer Ellehuus told an audience of more than 40 IHRC members the simple question “What keeps you up at night?” defines what the Corporate Leadership Council (CLC) does. Their purpose is to enhance the performance of individuals and organizations by building the skills necessary to increase strategic business partnerships and develop the next generation of leaders.

Mr. Ellehuus presented CLC’s recent analysis on how and what defines a strategic HR relation from a business leader perspective, based on a survey of more than 10,000 business leaders globally.

The key areas of focus:
– What defines business leaders who are most effective at managing talent?
– What should HR do to engage business leaders in talent management?

Mr. Ellehuus told the audience the talent management activities of business leaders drives talent outcomes. He explained that business leaders have one of 4 mind-sets about talent – Talent Champions, Strivers, The Half-Hearted and Talent Rejecters. Only 19% of business leaders believe that human capital is critical to the organization’s success and effectively execute against the most important activities. Mr. Ellehuus outlined the seven hallmarks of a Talent Champion in terms of their time investment, focus on strategic activities, and application of business skills and knowledge. Business leaders must be both committed and effective to maximize impact on talent outcomes. Talent Champions excel at allocating resources and inspiring their teams.

Mr. Ellehuus explained that a successful partnership means both HRBPs and business leaders must use their respective skills to improve talent outcomes. He cited the three mandates for HR – build relevance, integrate HR and business process, and leverage soft and hard accountability. The organizational challenge is to build more flexibility in the HR structure to shift faster as needed. The key to improving business impact is the right infrastructure, the right HR capabilities and using the right tools at the right time. Mr. Ellehuus then described some examples of how client companies applied best practice toolkits to structure a talent management agenda.

In closing, Rudd Rikhof commented that Mr. Ellehuus presentation was a linking pin among the other sessions presented this year. What HR can do together with business to achieve talent management.

Text by Mary Bronson/IHRC Support Team
Photos by James Macsay/IHRC Support Team