Learning goals for this section

– Know the definition of talent optimization.
– Understand the relationship between business strategy, business results, and talent optimization.
– Know the five talent optimization essential truths.
– Be able to identify the four aptitudes of the talent optimization discipline.
– Identify the activities that link to each of the aptitudes.

As a business leader, it’s your job to make sure your company puts your talent into the optimal position to produce your desired business results and beat the competition. The essence of leadership is aligning employees with business strategy—and that begins with taking an intentional and data-driven approach to getting the people part right.

Too often, when executives hear the term “people strategy,” they shrug off the responsibility and send it down the hall to human resources. But when it comes to designing and optimizing your most important (and most costly) business asset—your people—passing the buck is also passing up your biggest opportunity to create a truly great organization.

So how do you assemble world-class teams? That’s where having an objective methodology and system for optimizing talent comes in.

Talent optimization utilizes quantitative data and analytics so you can comprehend job requirements, identify the best candidates, understand the team dynamics needed to accomplish business goals, and manage employees in a way that pushes everyone to the top of their game.

Bottom line: You need to roll up your sleeves and get really good at understanding and capitalizing on your people data. It’s the best path to maximizing productivity—and crushing the competition.

The introduction has three parts