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Even The Best System Will Fail Without Talent

September 8th, 2017

As an ERP expert, it is quite clear to me that even the best systems will fail miserably if they don’t possess talent. Don’t even bother to select and implement an ERP system if you don’t have the “right” people on the bus. Start with executive support and continue on down through every position – everything is a team effort.

Teamwork is everything

It’s paramount in business to have the “right” people at the table.

Since we’ve worked with many clients on ERP projects, it is crystal clear what impact people will have on your business’s success. Throw out the notion that ERP is a technical topic! Instead, start thinking of it as a transformation initiative of substantial importance to business success.

Talent Leads the Way to Success

There are countless ways in which talent will affect success. To name just a few:

  • The sales team at the ERP software provider. Let’s start with the people selling the system. If they aren’t geared to educate you on their system and its fit, you can be sold “a bill of goods”.
  • The implementation team at the ERP software provider – there is little as important as the particular resources you partner with to implement your system. Set it up sub-optimally and you’ll have enduring issues.
  • Your ERP team – since ERP can be such a time intensive process, the temptation is to assign non-integral people to the team since the day-to-day must carry on; however, this team is designing your future!
  • Your executive sponsors – these folks are in a critical position to understand the status, make critical decisions, consider the fit with strategy, supplement resources as required and much more. It is not for the faint of heart!

If you’d like to ensure success with your ERP system, you’ll START by considering the people.  Put more time and thought into your talent. As much as or more than you put into evaluating functionality and you’ll be grateful down-the-line.


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Profit through People: Is Talent Important to You?

July 16th, 2013

Do you know how to attract and retain the best employees?

I have always believed that people are #1 to success. Without people, there is no business. I hear executives use these words; however, later they talk about people as costs. Which message do you think is taken away?

I have the opportunity to network with several top executive recruiters in my ProVisors groups, and there seems to be a new trend emerging – top talent is not only hard to find but it is ready to “make the move” to companies who appreciate them. Thus, have you thought about what your top talent is thinking?

What are you doing to retain your top talent? It isn’t about the money. For as much conversation as goes on about money, it isn’t a key motivator. Of course the lack of money is a problem (so I’m assuming you are paying within reasonable ranges in alignment with job requirements) but money alone will not keep your top talent.

Do you notice when an employee puts in extra effort to achieve a key result?
• Do you say thank you?
• Do you appreciate ideas?
• Do you ask what employees think will work or for potential pitfalls?
• Do you spend all of your time with the problem employees and ignore your high-performing employees?
• Do you ask about career path aspirations?
• Do you offer training and tools?
• Do you deal with difficult problems?
• Are you willing to address the problem employee who is creating havoc?

Employees want to be able to count on you!
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