Are You a Relentless Architect?

I set as the goal the maximum capacity that people have. I settle for no less. I make myself a relentless architect of the possibilities of human beings. —Benjamin Zander, Conductor of the Boston Philharmonic, The Youth Philharmonic, and Teacher at The New England Conservatory of Music

Reaching maximum capacity is a noble goal that is easily and repeatedly stated.  However, as any good architect knows, goals will only be achieved after careful planning, measuring, and execution.  Have you thought about how you can maximize the human capital within your organization? Some of the most successful strategies I’ve seen include:

  • analyzing your employee’s competencies and skills through appropriate needs assessments,
  • customizing training and ongoing supports based on that analysis,
  • delineating career paths at all levels within the organization;
  • developing active succession planning (as opposed to more traditional replacement planning) and
  • evaluating employees’ capabilities and their effects on your vision and bottom line.

Implementing these types of strategies will put you well on your way to developing a long term staffing plan that will contribute to a thriving workplace. With labor costs often being the highest percentage of an operating budget, it pays to ensure you are making a wise investment.

Have you engaged in this process and what measure of success did you experience?


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