In the next three months, our team of experts will engage in a series of writings on the topic of CRITICAL PATH – Finding, Developing and Retaining the Best Talent.

We decided to call this series a CRITICAL PATH, a term usually reserved for project management which is described as, “the sequence of stages determining the minimum time needed for an operation, especially when analyzed electronically for a very large operation or organization.”

In our definition of CRITICAL PATH, we are focusing on the most valuable asset in your organization: PEOPLE. We describe the path this way; “a critical path is a sequence of interdependent activities or tasks that must be finished before a project can be finished. It is the longest path from start to finish.”

The truth of the matter is, related to human talent, the project is never finished. In order to have the best and brightest join your organization, continue to grow and develop, and to stay long term, you must inter-connect all the pieces in the finding, developing and retaining continuum for the life of each employee. Being focused on each individual and what motivates them, what fuels their driving forces, and what appeals to their behavioral styles is key to making employees feel valued and part of something bigger than themselves.

Over the next three months, we will talk about each of the steps and what must be done in order to move down the critical path to maximize the value of each of your team members. Only in this way will you have an unbeatable team, that others will have difficulty competing against.