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Recruiting for Teams: A New Methodology Revolutionizes the Industry

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Ciaran Nagle, Global Marketing Manager, OND LLC

in a 5 part series on Human Capital Management: 2 Employee Engagement, 3
Performance Management, 4 Retention, 5 Conflict Management


We have had an explosion of progress on the
technology and process dimensions over the last 30 years. Now it's the turn of
the people dimension (our talent). CEOs around the world are beginning to
realize that talent management is the next big competitive battleground. Because
of low birth rates there simply are too few talented people in the market and
corporations are recruiting from an ever-diminishing pool. And the most
important stage of talent management to get right is the first one,
Two further forces have combined to bring about
this focus on talent.
The first is the recognition in boardrooms
around the world that highly talented people are frequently recruited only to
subsequently perform at 40% efficiency. Something seems to go wrong when people
are placed in their new teams.
The second is the emergence of a new
science that can build predictably high-performing teams, every time. It's
based on a ground-breaking insight into peoples' natural strengths and talents.
This teaming science has emerged out of research in businesses that shows that
peoples' natural strengths and talents are of far greater importance than
anyone ever realized in determining whether or not we will be effective at our
jobs. It is able to map our natural strengths and talents in a manner that can
be read by any manager, not just HR.
Three forces driving the need for precision
1. Low birth rates
2. Talented individuals performing poorly
in teams
3. Emergence of teaming science
By combining people who possess complementary
natural strengths and talents for the team's mission, a successful team can be
virtually guaranteed (99.7% accuracy) at the outset. It is impossible to
overstate the importance of the new teaming science. For the first time ever,
managers are able to put together individuals knowing that they will combine
effectively. Not only that, they will display measurably high levels of
employee engagement (job satisfaction) while corporate retention rates will
skyrocket. The old cycle of constant churn is already changing out of all
is the Start

Recruitment is clearly the first stage of
the human capital management process. Teaming science allows line managers to
specify the natural strengths and talents they want candidates to possess
(along with skills and experience) for the role. A sophisticated but remarkably
swift screening process assesses the candidates and allows the line managers to
measure the candidates' match to the perfect model precisely. The process can
be likened to one of those nursery toys where the toddler must choose the right
shape piece for the hole. All of us have a certain 'shape'. Our shape and the
shape of the team vacancy must match.

It is important to emphasize that this
process is as beneficial to the candidate as it is to the organization doing
the recruiting. Too many of us (80%, according to the Deloitte Shift Index)
hate our jobs and long to be somewhere else. This is as much the fault of
recruiters as it is of candidates. A precision recruitment process will see
candidates join their new organization and become engaged, confident employees
who look forward to coming to work.
Talent Management

Teaming science has a twin focus. The natural
strengths and talents of the individual are the prime driver. But, just like a
jigsaw puzzle, the individual must be placed in a team that has a talent gap of
the same 'shape'. Clearly, to match the two together, it is imperative to
possess and be able to use the correct tools to measure and calibrate the shape
of the individual and the shape of the gap. This, in essence, is what the new
teaming science has achieved.
Comes of Age

Science has improved our health, our
technology, our environment and many other areas of our lives. Now, the hit and
miss affair of recruitment stands to benefit from science's gentler side. In a
few years' time, intuition bolstered by a CV and combined with the occasional
psychometric tool will be seen as the recruitment equivalent of the blunderbuss.
In other words, far too inaccurate far too often.
Talent management based on teaming science
that recruits for mission-perfect teams is where the next explosion of progress

the Author: Ciaran was introduced to Method Teaming, OND's ground-breaking
science for effective business team formation four years ago. Realizing that
his marketing skills, honed at GE over 10 years, could help OND break out of
their narrow client set (HPE, Big Four Consultancies) into the wider corporate
world he was excited to become their world marketing head. He is based in
London and can be reached at ciaran.nagle@methodteaming.com

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