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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 line.
In too many organizations the plans for producing leaders aren't anywhere to that standard. These organizations haven’t clearly accurately predicted which current leaders can be shaped into future leaders. They don’t understand the desired capabilities.
An effective human resource team should be able to design and operate a real talent production line. By “real”, I mean that just as an automobile production line produces cars, a talent production line should actually produce talent. This means making 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