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Companies should manufacture talent with the same care and discipline that they use to manufacture any other product or service – using a structured and disciplined production process.
If better quality talent produces better results, then you should want as much of that better talent as quickly as possible. An efficient talent production line will allow you to produce great talent at scale. By "produce," we don't mean that talent should be treated like a widget! Rather, we should take the same care and discipline in producing our talent that we do with our products and services.
To do this well we must make clear decisions about:
Specifications: What are the few, differentiating capabilities your organization needs?
Raw Materials: How often and how accurately do you assess your talent against that production specification?
Production: Do you know how to produce the talent specified? Do you have the "machinery" to do it? Do you actually move the production line forward?
Distribution: Can you get that finished talent around the world