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HR and Talent in the 21st Century

In recent years, operating as a successful HR or Talent leader has become more challenging than ever before with the increase in organisational change, promoting operational complexities and a growing level of external competition leading to greater business demands. Despite the barriers, HR leaders and Talent leaders continue to persevere with ensuring they remain strategic in meeting business demands. In consideration of these factors, this paper works to review the primary micro and macro challenges that have confronted HR leaders and Talent managers over the last few years and the strategies they have adopted in response to these changes in the working environment.

Understand how HR leaders of today can effectively meet future business needs, resisting the impact of both internal and external challenges, Zircon interviewed 39 HR and Talent leaders from national and global organisations such as Thomson Reuters, Barclays, Pearson and PRS For Music.

Zircon’s research has found:

  • The HR and Talent agenda is being challenged by a number of internal and external forces such as Political Instability, Global Branding and Business Expansions.

  • 5 critical external challenges impacting HR and Talent, including The State of the Global Economy, Availability of Talent Globally and The Pace of Technological Change.

  • 5 critical internal challenges impacting HR and Talent, including Strengthening Leadership Ability, Diversity and Successful organisational change.

  • Top 5 focuses over the next few years, such as Defining a Clear and Sustainable Talent Development Strategy and Improving Management and Leadership Abilities.

Please click here to download our HR and Talent in the 21st Century publication and the following previous Zircon publications:

Assessing Talent

Winning Attitudes

Inspirational Presence

The Future of Talent Management


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