This week’s focus: Most weekends I run a junior football team of six and seven year olds. Last month we played at a couple of tournaments where scouts from professional football clubs were in attendance on the look out for new talent. Of the 19 boys I took along to the tournaments, for example, five were invited for trials at these clubs.

In contrast, several company executives have complained to me that they just don’t have the right people in their organisation to deliver their ambitions effectively. What’s more, they are also frustrated by their inability to find suitable candidates externally.

Increasingly, the success of your business, as with football clubs and other sports organisations, will be driven by your ability to attract, retain and develop top talent. What ‘scouting’ network do you have in place to find your future leaders and how confident are you that the top talent in your industry will come to you?

Off The Record: I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2

I have run, I have crawled

I have scaled these city walls, these city walls,

Only to be with you

But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for

But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for

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