MARCH 2015 Do something …

Welcome to Pomegranate’s inaugural blog. Each post will discuss an aspect of the good the bad and the ugly in the world of Business and Talent.

‘Talent’ within an organization can mean different things; from sourcing, recruiting, and developing to managing the people, skills and ability to perform. Within all of these segments, there is a growing demand to remove barriers and conflicts where diversity is at play.

Our experience in the Canadian workforce has spanned decades – and we have witnessed firsthand numerous failures of good intent that have made dealing with diversity incredibly difficult, onerous and costly.

As a result, Pomegranate Canada Inc. is past just saying something … it is time to do something.

Where barriers need to be removed, where technology or process is systemically BAD for business or UGLY to use and maintain … we will do something.

We will single out first-hand experiences and discuss programs today that are not working the way they were intended. Further, we can propose solutions that will promote diversity and profit business. If solutions do not make money … why bother.   As founder, my career, my experiences and life has called me to boldly change things, for one simple reason …

Canada on the whole is LOSING in the game of diversity and all the profits that it could bring. Despite many organizations’ good intentions, there just isn’t enough focus with measurable, profitable outcomes linked specifically to Diversity.   If it isn’t measured, it’s not managed … and if it isn’t managed, it fails.

You see, Diversity and Economic Prosperity is intricately linked in Canada and if we consider strategies from Game Theory (more about that in future blogs) you will see we are all collectively, and may I add poorly playing, a high stakes game that we cannot afford to lose.

Baby Boomer retirement in conjunction with continuously declining birth rates support the need for strong immigration strategies, as employers face skills shortages and other recruitment difficulties now, and over the next 15-20 years. Add the removal of these jobs, or going unfilled, made redundant, and without the addition of higher paying ones, we have a problem.

Simply compare this new lower tax base against the increasing healthcare costs of our largest demographic and youth unemployment, and failure of organizations to target, assess and accept international skills that align with their needs. This is a BIG problem and it can be prevented if we increase the velocity of success matching Diversity and all aspects of talent management for better profitable outcomes.

Here is an example of a fundamental problem today. The methods of recruiting and onboarding new employees is based on old demographics – agreed. So tell me … why … with the changing demographic makeup of the Canadian population, are the issues of ageism, knowledge exodus, the shrinking of the “traditional” economy, globalization, inability to easily innovate, collaborate and communicate within a growing divide of social and cultural mores … unchanged? Why does the business world not see all the barriers to sourcing and hiring the best talent and begin doing things differently? The same old, same old, in a new world cannot work. The current traditional recruiting models are broken and fail, period.

Let’s add to that government bureaucracy, human rights dictums, employment law and litigation-inspired fear to even discuss openly some of the workplace cultural challenges that exist within organizations. With these combined we might agree not only is there a systemic failure of systems, process and tools, but the burden of trying to operate a business within this landscape – is a very scary place indeed.

So to win you need to change elements within your business systems. You need to change the game.

Elements of your business game are strategies, technology, and correct effort, with aligned purpose for measurable outcomes.

So we ask you, what is your verb?  What do you want to achieve for your business or your career?
(Pick one)

  • Win (Verb) is defined as: be successful or victorious in (a contest or conflict).
  • Lose (Verb) is defined as: be deprived of or cease to have or retain (something).

It’s that simple, now to do something about it!

You can’t afford not to!