Management Tip of the Day: Attracting top talent

Thu Mar 10, 2011 10:42am EST
 
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BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - Businesses should take time to network and connect with top industry talent to boost recruiting efforts , says Harvard Business Review.

The Harvard Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"The most successful businesses often thrive because of their talent. Getting the best people should be at the top of every manager's list. To become a talent magnet, try developing these three habits:

1. Get to know talent before you need it. Spend time networking in your industry. Figure out who the shining stars are and what excites them about their work. Fostering these relationships early will pay off later.

2. Sell yourself, not the business. The most talented people get excited about working with leaders they can trust and learn from. Be sure people know why they should want to work for you.

3. Take time to cultivate. The best talent is likely busy with other projects. Think of recruiting these people as a long-term game: regularly update them about your business and vision for the future."

- Today's management tip was adapted from "The Six Habits of a Talent Magnet" by Tsun-yan Hsieh with Anthony Tjan.

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<p>A giant magnet picks up illegal firearms to destroy at a steel plant in Shanghai December 29, 2009. REUTERS/Aly Song</p>