Are you in a Talent-First organization?


The latest article from McKinsey describes what they call an “agenda for the talent-first CEO”.

What we think is innovative is their approach and their recommendation to lead with a group of 3 C levels, or a G-3. It is described as such: G-3 = CEO+CFO+CHRO.


They go on to describe why they choose those 3 roles specifically: “Because deploying financial capital and human capital together is the key to success. People allocation is as powerful as financial allocation,[...] By putting talent and finance on equal footing, the G-3 will change the way and sequence in which critical matters are discussed. ”

And what is on top and critical to the Talent-first CEO talent initiatives?  Recruiting and talent development for the critical talent. What is the “critical” talent? The 2 percent that others have called pivotal roles, the ones creating disproportionate value but who do not necessarily have big titles.

That is where I see their development used more to optimize and retain talent.

Finally, they see that applying agile methodology to HR may be the way to keep the Talent-first approach alive and well!

About The Author

Yves Lermusi (aka Lermusiaux) is CEO & co-founder of Checkster. Mr. Lermusi is a well known public speaker and a Career and Talent industry commentator. He is often quoted in the leading business media worldwide, including Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Business Week, and Time Magazine. His articles and commentary are published regularly in online publications and business magazines. Mr. Lermusi was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in the Recruiting Industry” and his blog has been recognized as the best third party blog.