word 'capital' to 'human' you start to make people into an asset that can be
invested. They begin to be equated with money. And that, I submit, is exactly
the way that we should - and now can - view the whole process.
follow up that investment by tracking the share price and comparing the
dividend. We look out for news items about the companies we've invested in. Bad
news - should we sell? Good news - buy more? We have skin in the game and we pore
over all the metrics to find out how our money is doing. We care about our
we plant them in their new team and walk away. If they're not salespeople we
have few ways of observing their progress and finding out if the investment was
worthwhile. We get reports from time to time from their line manager, but these
are frustratingly subjective. We have no real way of knowing if we have made
the right decision.
investment - a better strategy?
the right ring about it. It sees people as valuable items who should produce
double, tenfold, maybe a hundredfold their value. When you have an item that
has the potential to produce a hundred times its own worth, you look after it,
don't you? You watch it daily as it develops and give it everything it needs.
You treat it with care and place it in the right environment.
on the ground and hoping it springs up and a scientific approach of planting
seeds into carefully prepared ground where they'll receive exactly the right
amount of light and water.
prepared ground. It involves a detailed exploration of the business team you're
about to endow with a new team member (the prepared ground) as well as a
perfect understanding of the natural capabilities of that member (the seed).
with unprecedented levels of employee engagement, productivity of circa 90% of
potential and staff retention results that are putting cobwebs on recruitment
interview rooms around the globe.
Teaming, an established teaming science. It can be taught to anyone. But Method
Teaming is especially relevant to those who want their human capital to produce
a hundredfold return. You might be a venture capitalist. You might be a hiring
manager. Or you might be in HR. But whoever you are, if that's the kind of talent
investment you're looking for, you now know how to sow that seed.