Magazine article People & Strategy

Talentism: Unlocking the Power of the New Human Ecosystem

Magazine article People & Strategy

Talentism: Unlocking the Power of the New Human Ecosystem

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Talentism: Unlocking the Power of the New Human Ecosystem

Author: Orlando Ashford

Publisher: Mercer, 2014

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Orlando Ashford's Talentism: Unlocking the Power of the New Human Ecosystem comes at a time when the mismatch between the demand for talents and the skills on supply is at an all-time high--and is expected to grow. Many employers around the world are unable to fill positions, while many workers are left unemployed, or employed but disengaged. Based on the premise that talents are more important than capital in the growth of businesses and societies, Ashford offers us a positive model of the future for sourcing and retaining talents called his "2025 Best World Scenario." Rather than improvising, Ashford builds on infant practices of the workplace and prevailing macro-level changes, such as economic, demographic, and psychographic ones, to draw a utopian model for unleashing human capital in a synchronized mode with employers' needs.

Over the eight main chapters of the book, Ashford explores individual, organizational, and macro-level changes affecting talent assessment, sourcing, training, and retraining. At the end of each chapter, he provides practical tips to make the best use of these trends.

It is argued that the individuals' connections will leverage their position in the workplace, which is becoming more mobile, virtual, and project-based. These realizations are all empowered by improved technology. The workforce has more diverse and unorthodox ways to gain and upgrade its skill base. One of many ways is through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), which are a game-changer for education as they allow thousands of students to access the best instructors and instructional content at a low cost. With individuals seeking employment for longer and later periods of their lives, for economic, demographic, and psychographic reasons, access to education will be critical. …

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