Do you know what talent you need?Businesses do not start in well organized and structured entities with HR OD departments and work specialization in place. They are far more organic and messy than that. They start of with an inspiration of a single person or a small group and if they are healthy and have a healthy environment they grow. The growth begets more growth and the small entity grows. You rarely hear about entrepreneurial start ups that fail in the popular media. Why they failed. They are no longer there to talk to. Yet most entrepreneurs can recount stories of their failures as painful badges of honor. They learned from them and moved on to the next thing. When we discover them they are on the “successful” thing. So they start out as this messy chaotic disorganized melee of activity. It goes right and they start to grow. They overcome the issues of cash flow and grow further. They land major clients and grow further. At some point the entity outgrows the mental and physical capacity of the entrepreneur and they begin to bring on people. Who do they hire? They hire to fill an immediate need of their fledgling business that they no longer have time to do themselves. And so the cycle continues with the addition of more people as the business grows. “Start Ups focus on survival not systems and processes” Needs Analysis
“Start Ups focus on survival not systems and processes”
An organization should to conduct a needs analysis. A simple tool that allows them to identify the skills and attributes they must have to both be successful and position themselves for future growth. This does not have to be complicated. It can be as simple as looking at your organizational mission and discovering all the competencies you need to bring it to life. There are simple brainstorming tools that when well facilitated will provide a clear picture of what is required. A needs analysis can also be more complicated and hence more complete by assessing different dimensions of needs. A thorough analysis takes into consideration the needs of all stakeholders and seeks to spell out in significant detail what competencies are required.
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