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Executives Say Most Important Strategy For Leading Global Companies Is Talent Mananagement

Korn/Ferry Survey: Executives Say Most Important Strategy For Leading Global Companies Is Talent Management

-Yet 35 Percent Say They Do Not Have a Talent Management Strategy in Place-

When asked what they feel is the single most important corporate strategy for their company to implement, 45 percent of global executives say talent management – and they indicate it is more critical than marketing (26 percent), financial management (21 percent) and capitalization (7 percent).

These results are from a survey of global executives conducted from February 6 to March 8, 2013 by Korn/Ferry International (NYSE: KFY), a premier global talent management company.

Despite ranking talent management the No.1 corporate strategy, 35 percent of respondents say their companies do not have a talent management strategy in place.

Further emphasizing the importance global executives place on talent, the survey also reveals that 86 percent of executives believe that a strong management team is the most critical component to a company's success. Yet, 43 percent say they do not believe their company has the right management team for the company over the next 12 months and 56 percent do not believe they will have the right team five years from now. This is despite the fact that just seven percent of respondents believe their company's strategy will remain the same in five years.

"Our survey indicates that even when top executives say that a strategic approach to determining human capital needs such as recruiting, hiring and retention is one of the highest priorities on their agenda, many companies' talent management practices lag behind the minimum accepted standards," said Ana Dutra, Chief Executive Officer, Korn/Ferry Leadership and Talent Consulting. "Many companies today have yet to align their talent strategies with the changing nature of business strategies."

"What apparently has yet to take hold in companies is recognition that business strategies are constantly changing and that companies need their leaders to be able to grow and learn from their experiences as well as update their talent strategies in order to execute on more challenging business performance targets," added Dutra.

Questions and detailed results are as follows:

Q: What do you think is the SINGLE most important strategy for a company to implement?

Talent Management

45%

Marketing

26%

Financial Management

21%

Capitalization

7%

Q: Has your company implemented a talent management strategy?

Yes

59%

No

35%

Never heard of

talent management

6%

Q: Who has primary responsibility for your company's talent management strategy?

CEO

45%

Chief HR Officer

36%

COO

10%

CFO

0%

No one

8%

Q: Of the attributes listed below, which one do you think is most critical to a company's success?

Strong management team

86%

Effective marketing

8%

Sound financials

5%

Long-term funding

1%

Q: Does your company have the right management team to guide and operate the company for:

12 Months

3 Years

5 Years

 

 

Yes

57%

43%

44%

No

43%

57%

56%

Q: Do you think your company's strategy will remain the same for the next&hellip?

12 Months

3 Years

5 Years

 

 

Yes

40%

28%

7%

No

60%

72%

93%

 

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