Talent Management 2015: Talent Transitions - Handling Knowledge Transfer and Keeping your Teams Motivated
Changes of project team members is a common occurrence in many projects. When this happens, how do we transition knowledge, maintain motivation, and keep momentum? In this session, targeted at managers, human resources managers, program managers and project management office managers, we share a perspective of the foundations, influences, and challenges of talent transitions.
One often overlooked key to changes in staffing is in understanding the areas of project talent we seek to acquire, develop, and retain. The challenge increases, compared to business operations transitions, because of the very nature of projects—that of changing the status quo—and the resulting need for high levels of engagement and knowledge transfer between change agents and beneficiaries.
And, each role in every project brings special talent areas into the team, so when team members change, we must quickly act to transfer or recover the most essential talents, with minimum project impact. When change agents experience change, a frequent consequence is pressure from above; this, in turn, increases stress, and reduces quality and motivation. Talent transitions can and must be managed like any other project change.
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