The Board of Directors (BoD) must challenge management to ensure that the right people are in place today as well as going forward. This discussion must be thorough because ultimately people will deliver the financial results and execute on the strategy.

In an interview for Deloitte's Swiss VR Monitor, the Adecco Group's Chairman Jean-Christophe Deslarzes explained that building a purpose-led team fit for the future is one of the biggest challenges currently faced by leaders and managers.  


Swiss VR Monitor - Deloitte

Jean-Christophe Deslarzes stressed the importance of strategic planning. Leaders need to be able to define high-impact strategies, display a strong analytical mind and foster an environment of creative problem solving, while managing teams that are increasingly global, diverse and high-performing.


The ultimate goal is to build a strong purpose and corresponding values that will define and nurture a corporate culture – both absolutely essential in helping build and hire the required talent.


When asked how the BoD can help ensure that talent management is tackled in a forward-looking way, Jean-Christophe Deslarzes said that it is important to "set the purpose and strategy for the long term and make sure that it is executed successfully".


He stressed, however, that a successful execution can only be delivered with the 'right people in place'. He added that "having a winning strategy in place AND the right people to execute it rigorously will remain the two key ingredients for making companies successful in a sustainable manner."


To read the full interview, click here.

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