Posted by: vallonllc | April 4, 2011

Gearing Up and Staying Flexible

The economy is growing again. There are new opportunities for businesses, but they are coming from unexpected directions and in unexpected ways. It’s important to be ready for the opportunities and stay flexible to make the most of them. 

The new economy demands new thinking. Change is accelerating and placing more demands on business models. It’s becoming tougher and tougher to create a sustainable competitive advantage. In many cases, speed and flexibility are the only constants in beating the competition. 

It’s critical to engage new tactics. The Internet can be used to gather new information. Social platforms can build community. Personal networking marshals the necessary resources to reach every possible goal. It’s time to combine information in new ways and use that information to execute through new channels. 

The new ways all mean creating a nimble organization. People and skills are always critical to any success. It’s critical to have the right talent in the right place at the right time. That used to be much easier when targets remain stationary and markets were stable. Now in this time of change, we need to look at things in a new way. 

One way is by using a new tool called a Longitudinal Job Description. We all use job descriptions to determine the skills necessary to fill any given position. In a stable world, that’s sufficient to set a staff. In changing conditions, it’s important to use a Longitudinal Job Description to measure needed changes in those skills. Take the traditional job description, anticipate needs one year from now, and compare the difference between the two. If they are similar, traditional hiring may be the answer for an open position. If they are different, the situation calls for a different approach. 

Interim talent can help in those situations. The right partner finds the right people – right now! It also allows organizations to adjust skills as needed to meet evolving challenges. Talent matches the immediate needs. 

Vallon delivers the necessary talent in the Twin Cities. We are focused on this market, conducting more than 3,500 face-to-face interviews with executives who want to be in our database. We are fast. In most cases, we can find the right talent in around 48 hours. Finally, all of our Principals have held C-level positions in companies of their own. We are ready to help you! 

Let’s make great things happen in this growing economy!






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