Integrating People and Business Strategies

How Do You Define Your People Puzzle? Look for the Answer in a Gap Analysis.

A “people puzzle” gap analysis is the first step in discovering whether you have talent or culture issues that will sabotage your goals. It tells you where you are, where you want to be, and how to get there. What major changes or new initiatives do you envision over the next 1 to 3 years? What steps should you be taking now to ensure you have the right talent when you need it? The data enable you to develop a comprehensive, actionable roadmap linking your talent and business strategies.

In this article, I describe the gap analysis process—from setting objectives through compiling the report. You’ll learn how a “people puzzle” gap analysis maximizes your resources and, by addressing both causes and actions related to the gaps you find, helps ensure that you reach your objectives for the future success of your company.

  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how successful are you at attracting and retaining the best people for your business? What cultural values and business policies do you think either support or sabotage your efforts? What would you do to enhance or change those factors?
  • What major changes or new initiatives do you envision over the next 1 to 3 years? What steps should you be taking now to ensure you have the right talent when you need it?
  • What is your current process for integrating talent strategies with your other business strategies and overall objectives? How do you evaluate your success in achieving total integration?

Kathleen is an accomplished performer, business owner and leader. Find out more about how she can help you solve your “people puzzle” today.

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