Changing the Outlook on Change: Strategic Vision, Intentional Leadership, and an Organizational Culture That Supports Disciplined, Resilient Talent Management Are Necessary for Sustainable Change

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Today's workplace is changing regularly and rapidly. Companies are still operating with lean workforces, yet many individuals remain jobless as employers struggle to secure the right talent for available positions. Everemerging social, collaborative, and mobile technologies require new methods for employee development and new mediums for workplace learning. Organizations are realizing the need for an integrated talent management strategy that incorporates change management, to provide structured employee development for today with the built-in flexibility for whatever tomorrow may bring.

According to "Creating Sustainable Change: Practical Techniques for Talent Management Transformation," a recent whitepaper published by talent management solutions provider Technomedia-Hodes iQ, today's business environment requires a disciplined, resilient climate of ongoing improvement. To that end, organizations must treat change as an ongoing process, not an event with a start and end date.

"We have to make a clear distinction between change and chaos," says Marcel Messier, president and COO of Technomedia-Hodes iQ. "The difference is vision and leadership: Change management has to be done in the context of a strategic vision and thoughtful leadership."

According to PricewaterhouseCoopers's 14th Annual Global CEO Survey, leaders from all regions report that talent tops their agendas. Additionally, 84 percent of CEOs surveyed say that they are implementing change within their talent strategies to better compete in the 2012 marketplace.

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The whitepaper describes certain best practices that organizations can implement to create an approach to change management that also supports an organization's talent management strategy:

Communicate, communicate, communicate. …