More highlights from Future Trends 2017: Wendy and David from Foodstuffs share their thoughts on talent

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Last month the Future Trends conference saw successful events held in both Auckland and Wellington.

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By now you’re probably aware the conference followed a theme of talent, which saw us explore some interesting ideas with our guest speakers.

Dr Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic in particular, got everyone thinking with his statement, "We’re all delusional about how we assess talent”. 

He gave an intriguing talk on talent and the importance of getting the right people for your organisation. 

Also in attendance to offer some great insights were Wendy Hammond and David Gordon from Foodstuffs.

Foodstuffs' General Manager of People, Wendy Hammond felt a key challenge around the topic of talent was knowing when to take a risk on hiring someone. "Even though you’re not 100 per cent sure but actually they bring something so innovative and so dynamic and so different to what we currenty have that it's worth the risk. And then how do you deal with it if it really doesnt work out.  The other one is when you find awesome people and they do fit with your furute direction and your future aspirations, how do you retain them long enough to help you realise those things."  

Have a look at the videos below to see what they had to share with Rachael Stott.

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Foodstuffs' Talent Programme Manager, David Gordon believes assessing talent should be about harnessing analytics. This doesn't necessarily mean taking out the ‘gut feel’ but actually quantifying that feeling. He talks of taking advantage of assessment tools in identifying talent and then pushing people into a ‘potential’ category.

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Hogan’s new High-Potential Report (Hi-Po) is the kind of tool David is referring to and is designed to measure the individual attributes that predict leadership success. This is a high potential report that will provide the information you need to prepare talented people for advancement. As a rigorous assessment based solution it identifies potential and closes the skills gap between what an organisation needs in a leader and what is in the talent pipeline.

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