If you're looking for high potential talent who will be at peak performance soon, chances are your looking in the wrong end of the talent pool. Here's why.
Dot 1: Boys and girls lose self-confidence from ages 9 – 22 (1)
Dot 2: Women experience the largest increase in self-confidence between ages 40 – 70, whereas men make their biggest gains between 40 – 50 (1)
Dot 3: Women In their late 40s and early 50s are typically emptying family nests. They are ready for a long hard refreshing swim (or flight, if you will). This is the place in your very own talent pool where the endurance athletes are swimming.
Dot 4: These women athletes know your company, your customers and the culture. They already have the skills you’re searching to find.
Dot 1 + Dot 2 + Dot 3 + Dot 4 = To find motivated marathon-ready athletes, search the talent pool where women in their 40s – 70s are swimming.Which End of the Talent Pool Does Your Company Search?
Talent comes in all colors, sizes, ages, and in both genders. Some companies intentionally seek talent from various places in the pool, but few, if any, explore the place where the fifty-something women swim. This is a BIG mistake, considering:
Women in their fifties:Have a good 15 – 20 years of athleticism in their futureAre in it for the long swim, not the quick sprint followed by a move to a different teamAre strong, wise, confident, and have a breadth of experienceKnow how to teach teams of little people with refrigerator-size egos to share resources and play well togetherCan manage a budget
This is one of the great articles written by Anne Perschell on her blog. This one is right on spot, especially when I've just turned 50 and feel I want to swim in the big blue ocean!Witty (love the little people with refrigerator size egos!!!) and to the point!