Welcome to our blog about Talent Management

Do you need a fortune teller to recruit?

Have you ever been asked to do a test before being offered a new position? You know, where you have to fill out lots of questionnaires on problem solving, and personal characteristics? Personally, I find those assessments rather entertaining, but I do realize how...

How do you define Talent?

Most research within the area is from the sports world and some of the early adopters of a scientific approach to Talent identification were the former Eastern Bloc countries. As an example, 80 % of the Bulgarian medalists in the Summer Olympics in 1976 were a result...

I have finally done it

I have done it. I have done what I have dreamed about for so many years. I have left my permanent, secure employment with an impressive title and generous salary. I have started my own business and have become an entrepreneur and management consultant in a field that...

Talent Management New York Style

I just returned from a week of very interesting dialogues in the US. I had the opportunity to meet with HR representatives for large American corporates, and was again impressed by how far ahead they are in terms of Talent Management. A few insights that I would like...

Stardust in the news

One of Sweden’s largest dailys, Svenska Dagbladet, had a very nice article about Talent Management and StardustConsulting this weekend. The article illuminates the fact that large US companies are far ahead in terms of building up holistic systems for Talent...

The workplace in 2020

I think we all can agree on that the conditions for work and the role of employees have changed over the last ten years. It has perhaps not been a revolutionary shift, but the coming of age of the internet, the addition of the Generation Y, and increasing...

Report from Davos

Yesterday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, PwC entered the stage and presented their 14th annual Global CEO report. (No, I am not in Davos. For some reason, Stardust didn’t feel like handing me the US$71,000 price tag required to get a ticket.) In summary, the...

Top Talents in Sweden

I firmly believe that everyone is talented. But talent needs a context in order to be truly valuable. Most people would consider Michael Schumacher to be talented, but would you like him to be your business unit manager? So talent differs, depending on your...

Retirement planning as employer branding

Last night I had the pleasure of listening to Claes Hemberg at Avanza Bank speak about how Swedish people are jeopardizing their retirement by not caring more about how they are saving their money. First of all, a whopping 40% of Swedes do not even save anything on a...

Employee engagement the Gallup way

I had a strange day the other day. I had three separate meetings, and all three ended up on the topic of employee engagement. One meeting was with an HR Director, one with a manager, and one with an entrepreneur friend of mine. Employee engagement, is it still on the...

The importance of your Talent Strategy

We at StardustConsulting are convinced that one of the corner stones of successful Talent Management is a sound Talent Strategy, directly linked to the overall Business Strategy. Honestly, in many large companies the Talent Strategy shows a lot of room for...

Diversity as a strategy

Some people see diversity as something of a societal goal. They might be right, but from an organizational perspective they are missing the point. Diversity is a competitive advantage. As the world is becoming increasingly globalized, customer demographics change...

Capturing knowledge from an aging work force

Lately, many organizations have been forced to adapt to the changing demographics of the work force. Primarily the growing number of women in leading positions and the push for ethnic diversity have been prominent topics. Some have assumed these challenges...