Great managers select for talent

I am in the process of reading “First Break All the Rules” by Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman. The book makes the insightful point that great managers understand the difference between skills, knowledge and talent:

  1. Skills are abilities that may be acquired by training. For example, a mathematics teacher must be skilled in arithmetic, a secretary must be skilled in typing, and a baker must be skilled in baking bread. A skill may be taught by breaking down the performance of a task into steps, which can then be practiced.
  2. Knowledge is simply “what you are aware of”. There are two kinds of knowledge: (1) factual knowledge are things that you know; and (2) experiential knowledge are understandings that you have picked up along the way.
  3. Talent is “a recurring pattern of thought, feeling, or behaviour that can be productively applied.” You may have an instinctive ability to remember names, or be in the habit of playing with numbers and equations in your head – both of these are talents. A talent is any behaviour that you find yourself doing often and which can be applied in a productive way.

Skill, knowledge, and talent are all necessary elements to achieve excellent performance, talent being the most important element. Skills and knowledge can be taught relatively easily, however talent is difficult to teach. For example, one of the key talents required to be a great accountant is “love of precision”. Love of precision is not a skill, nor is it knowledge, but this talent is needed to excel at accounting.

The definition of talent is seemingly innocuous but has a powerful implication – excellence requires talent. A great manager understands that to excel in any role requires talent because each role, when performed with excellence, requires certain recurring patterns of thought, feeling, or behaviour.

Understanding the importance of talent, great managers are good at identifying the talents of their people and then allocating each person to a role where they can use their talents most effectively.

List of consulting firms in India

PREVIOUSLY I created a list of certain consulting firms in Australia and America. I have decided to do the same thing for India. This list provides quick access to a list of the top consulting firms in India and provides a short description of each. I hope you find it useful.

The list of consulting firms is long, so I have divided the firms into 3 categories:

  1. Strategy and general business consulting firms in India
  2. IT consulting firms in India
  3. HR consulting firms in India

HR consulting firms in India 2008

THE list of HR consulting firms forms part of the full list of consulting firms in India:

  1. Mitcon Consultancy Services Ltd
  2. Vruksham Talent Group
  3. ALP Management Consultants
  4. Synergetics
  5. Omam Consultants
  6. Ma Foi Management Consultants Ltd
  7. ABC Consultants Pvt Ltd

1. Mitcon Consultancy Services Ltd

Website: www.mitconindia.com

Founded in 1982, MITCON is based in Pune and also has an office in Mumbai and New Delhi.

MITCON provides total consultancy and training services to existing and new entrepreneurs, looking at a range of industry sectors.

2. Vruksham Talent Group

Website: www.vruksham.com

Founded in 1999, Vruksham has headquarters in Bangalore and offices in Ahmedabad, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Mangalore and Pondicherry.

Vruksham provides management, recruitment, and software consultancy services.

3. ALP Management Consultants

Website: www.alpconsultants.com

Founded in 1996 in Bangalore, ALP has an office in Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi and Edison.

ALP provides recruitment consulting services.

4. Synergetics

Website: www.synergetics-india.com

Synergetics has an office in New Delhi, Chennai, Pune, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

Synergetics is a leading “software development training” provider.

5. Omam Consultants

Website: www.omamconsultants.com

Omam has an office in New Delhi, Pune, Chandigarh, Kolkata and Mumbai.

Omam recruits candidates for senior and middle level management. Omam provides recruitment services to a wide range of industry segments including: telecom, engineering, automobile, FMCG, banks, insurance, chemical, petroleum, and infrastructure.

6. Ma Foi Management Consultants Ltd

Website: www.mafoi.com

Founded in 1992, Ma Foi has a strong global presence across Europe, USA, Middle East, South and Southeast Asia. Ma Foi has an office in Chennai, Colombo, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Shanghai, Dubai, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Kuala Lumpur, Oman, Qatar, Singapore, Bangkok, London, and New Jersey.

Ma Foi is a global HR consulting firm providing a range of services including: staffing, executive search, HR automation & outsourcing, consulting advice, and training.

7. ABC Consultants Pvt Ltd

Website: www.abcconsultants.net

Founded in 1969 by Dr B P Agrawal, ABC Consultants operate in India, the UK and Dubai. In India, ABC Consultants have an office in Kolkata (Calcutta), New Delhi, Bangalore, Madras, and Hyderabad.

ABC Consultants is the pioneer of organised recruitment services in India. Its focus is on middle and senior management talent needs. ABC Consultants recruits across various industry segments for multinational corporations as well as leading Indian business houses.

List of consulting firms in America

PREVIOUSLY I created a list of certain consulting firms in Australia. I have decided to do the same thing for the United States. This list provides quick access to a list of the top consulting firms in America and provides a short description of each. I hope you find it useful.

The list of consulting firms is long, so I divided the firms into 5 categories. I have only listed each firm once, but some firms could easily have been placed under more than one heading. The breakdown is a pretty ad hoc, but hopefully it makes the list a little easier to digest. Within each category, the firms are ordered as they appear in the Vault Guide to the Top 50 Management and Strategy Consulting Firms (2008 edition). Let me know if you find this list helpful.

Without further ado, the 5 categories of consulting firms are as follows:

  1. General business and strategy consulting
  2. IT consulting
  3. HR consulting
  4. Economic advisory and executive education
  5. Litigation support services

HR consulting firms in America 2008

THE list of HR consulting firms forms part of the full list of consulting firms in America:

  1. Hewitt Associates
  2. Towers Perrin
  3. Watson Wyatt

1. Hewitt Associates

Website: www.hewittassociates.com

Founded in 1940 as an insurance brokerage firm, it now has offices in 33 countries. In America Hewitt Associates has offices in Newport Beach, Pleasanton, San Francisco, Norwalk, Washington, DC, Orlando, Miami, Atlanta, Atlanta, Lincolnshire, Chicago, Hunt Valley, Waltham, Kalamazoo, Troy, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Bridgewater, New York, Charlotte, Independence, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Irving, The Woodlands, Falls Church, and Milwaukee.

Hewitt Associates is the world’s largest provider of multi-service HR business process outsourcing (BPO), and the only firm fully integrating HR outsourcing and consulting.

2. Towers Perrin

Website: www.towersperrin.com

Founded in 1934 in Philadelphia, Towers operates in 75 offices across 22 countries (excluding its alliance partner offices in South Africa, India, Austria, and Poland). In America Towers operates out of Atlanta, Austin, Bloomington, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbia, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York, Parsippany, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, San Antonio, San Francisco, Seattle, Stamford, Tampa, Valhalla, and Washington, D.C.

Towers is a global professional services firm that helps organizations improve performance through effective people, risk and financial management.

3. Watson Wyatt

Website: www.watsonwyatt.com

Formed in 1878 in the UK as an actuarial firm, Watson Wyatt operates in 103 offices across 33 countries. In America it operates out of Atlanta, Berwyn, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Hartford, Honolulu, Houston, Irvine, Los Angeles, Madison, Memphis, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Paramus, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Rochelle Park, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Seattle, St. Louis, Stamford, Tampa, and Washinton D.C.

Watson Wyatt is a global consulting firm focused on human capital and financial management. They specialize in four areas: employee benefits, human capital strategies, technology solutions and insurance and financial services.

HR consulting firms in Australia 2008

HR consulting firms

THE list of HR consulting firms is part of the full list of consulting firms in Australia:

  1. Amazing Results
  2. Greg Bailey Consulting
  3. Inspiritive
  4. Maxumise
  5. Michael Page International
  6. Right Consulting

1. Amazing Results

Website: www.amazingresults.com.au

Amazing Results has its head office in Sydney and also operates out of Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra.

Amazing Results is an Australian human resources consulting firm, which provides talent management, resume assistance, business mentoring and coaching, HR and performance assessment services.

2. Greg Bailey Consulting

Website: www.gbc.net.au

Founded in 2003, GBC is based in Melbourne.

GBC is a boutique consulting firm, specialising in the fields of contact centre management, service delivery, and customer service training.

3. Inspiritive

Website: www.inspiritive.com.au

Founded in 1992, Inspiritive is located in Sydney and Melbourne.

Inspiritive is a training and consulting company specialising in the development, teaching and application of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).

4. Maxumise

Website: www.maxumise.com.au

Founded in 1996, Maxumise has offices in Sydney, Fiji and London.

Maxumise provides organisational and human resource consulting services.

5. Michael Page International

Website: www.michaelpage.com.au

Founded in 1976, the Group operates through 149 offices in 25 countries worldwide. In Australia, Michael Page operates in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

Michael Page is a leading professional recruitment consultancy specialising in the recruitment of permanent, contract and temporary positions on behalf of the world’s top employers.

6. Right Consulting

Website: www.right.com

Founded in 1980, Right Consulting operates in over 300 locations across 50 countries. In Australia, Right Consulting operates in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Right Consulting helps companies to attract and assess talent, develop and train staff, engage and align people with organisations, and help to provide outplacement initiatives.