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The 8 critical moves

for Talent Leaders to deliver value in 2023

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Published on: January 2023

Written by: Andrew Burns, Brad Chambers, David Bernal, Jerry Connor, Jim Perry, Larisa Balleani, Lianne Yee, Lisa Sprenkle, Lynn Collins, Michael Lehman, Stephanie Peskett

As 2023 kicks off in a flurry of economic uncertainty, political turmoil, and lingering pandemic impacts, Chief Talent and Learning Officers and their peers are doubling down on preparing their leaders and teams to survive, and more importantly thrive, in the new year.

In 2023 it’s time to believe and do differently in your talent, learning and leadership strategy. We are seeing eight high impact critical moves in leadership, talent, and learning emerge as priorities for CLOs and CTOs in 2023. Furthermore, we have also identified the critical points where high performing leaders are making the most impact to transform their organizations.

Leading edge companies will be doubling down on:

  1. Making bold investments in core leadership skills tailored to equip the enterprise to navigate economic uncertainty, deliver growth, and ensure business continuity.
  2. Accelerating the talent system to deliver enterprise outcomes in times when there are fewer chips to play.
  3. Scaling the learning culture to help people adapt to the constantly changing market environment.

Here’s a practical look at how to move the needle in your own organization, through the following eight moves.

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Make bold investments in core leadership skills tailored to equip the enterprise to navigate economic uncertainty, deliver growth, and ensure business continuity.

1. Unlock front-line leader capability to close the gaps that Covid left and deliver value at scale

2. Create change-ready mid-level leaders to steer the business through economic conditions, manage profitability and prepare for the next stage of growth

3. Secure business continuity through the economic storm with proactive, systematic CEO and C-Level succession planning and onboarding

Accelerate the talent system to deliver enterprise outcomes, in times where there are fewer chips to play.

4. Embed an employee-focused leadership framework and language that sets the bar on expected leadership performance during 2023’s market challenges

5. Implement a high potential selection and development approach that reflects the speed and agility needed in the market

6. Scale an effective external candidate acquisition process to triumph in the war for talent

Scale the learning culture to help people adapt to the constantly changing market environment.

7. Ramp up your culture through meaningful development for people around capability, values, and behaviors at scale. Embed for persistent impact, demonstrating true return on people investment

8. Create a learning ecosystem for your teams to adapt quickly to changing circumstances by democratizing and personalizing learning at scale

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