Talent Groupsourcing – The New Face of Corporate Talent Development
by Mark Sivy
Talent groupsourcing is not only an effective means of promoting team efforts, but it’s an innovative talent development strategy that can meet the evolving demands of today’s increasingly complex digitally-enhanced workplace. You may be familiar with the traditional development scenarios where an organization purchases off-the-shelf learning materials or follows a standardized formula to create and present materials. All too often, existing in-house expertise is overlooked, aspects of adult learning theory are disregarded, and post-development application of what was learned is poorly monitored and sustained. This is where the group advantage comes into play. When properly planned, developed, and supported, groupsourcing facilitates the initiation and maintenance of interactions between people who can offer, receive, or complement each others skills, knowledge, or work responsibilities.
So you may be wondering what constitutes groupsourcing. Think of it as a specialized technology-supported combination of virtual team and crowdsourcing strategies within an organization. Neither of these is a new concept, but current technologies, creative development approaches, and social networking have given them much more range, value, and attention. In a nutshell, talent development groupsourcing involves using innovative methodologies to leverage in-house skills, talents, knowledge, and subject matter expertise, primarily through through the use of digital tools, virtual collaboration, online interaction, and corporate social media.
Through discussions with others who have similar roles and talents or who work on a shared project, groupsourced talent development can provide remarkable opportunities for individual learning. The ability to tap into unique talents and knowledge enhances the value of participation of other members and the group as a whole. In addition, group involvement provides the perfect environment to ask questions and receive expert feedback. These are all examples of the benefits of the learning community concept that can be leveraged to strengthen and extend talent development.
The support that a group offers can give members the necessary confidence to make well-informed decisions, to innovate, and to take calculated risks. Working as a team, individuals can encourage one another, creatively solve problem, be more innovative, brainstorm new ideas, and provide different perspectives. These advantages lead to and individual being more motivated and self-assured, thus potentially stimulating increased efficiency, productivity and profit.
Reflection Point – Collaboration operates through a process in which the successful intellectual achievements of one person arouse the intellectual passions and enthusiasms of others. ~ Alexander von Humboldt