Building Sustainable Competitive Advantage Through Talent Strategy
The Industrial Distribution Program at Texas A&M University will form the Talent Development Council to identify and advance talent best practices, practical methods, and applied tools for Distributors to implement. The Talent Development Council will act as a best practice sharing, learning and networking forum for distributors from various channels. Each year, the Council will focus on one talent area. For 2019, the focus area will be Talent Acquisition.
Human resources are the most significant factor in distributor success and speed of growth. The value of talent within a company is often underestimated; people are not on the balance sheet and only listed on the profit and loss statement as an expense. Distributors have expended tremendous energy in optimizing operations with information technology, facility development, inventory control, transportation management, and so forth, but human resources are often left behind due to a lack of resources for training, a poor understanding of the return-on-investment (ROI) for human resources development, and the perception that people are more expendable than other assets within the business. Distributors struggle with recruiting, developing and retaining talent, and they also experience challenges with developing a leadership pipeline for growth and succession. Successful distributors understand the importance of acquiring, developing, motivating and retaining talented employees.
Information and Fees
The membership fee is $10,000 per company. The fees cover best practice methods and tools, attendance in two workshops hosted by Texas A&M University, and travel costs to meet with member companies.
Council Registration Feb – Apr 2019
Council Launch – Interviews Begin April 2019
Research and Deliverables Development Jun – Aug 2019
First Talent Development Workshop
(Day before PAID Career Fair) Sep 2019
Best Practices Development Oct – Dec 2019
Second Talent Development Workshop
(Day before PAID Career Fair) Feb 2020
Solutions/Focus 2019 Area: Talent Acquisition
CRAFTING EMPLOYEE VALUE PROPOSITION (EVP)
How to develop and present an authentic and differentiated EVP, and how to use it to recruit the right talent
BUILDING EMPLOYER BRANDING
How to showcase your company culture, employee engagement and leadership.
CREATING STELLAR JOB POSTINGS
How to design job postings for the next generation of employees.
DEVELOPING SOCIAL & DIGITAL RECRUITING STRATEGIES
What is your social media plan? How to get ROI on your digital talent acquisition initiatives.
BUILDING TALENT SOURCES & PIPELINE
How to develop traditional and non-traditional talent sources.
DESIGNING PROJECT BASED INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS
How to execute well designed Internship programs and increase acceptance of full-time offers.
CREATING SMART SCREENING & ASSESSMENTS
How to use the right personality and competency assessments. How to engage and train managers to interpret and use the results.
OTHER TALENT ACQUISITION
Topics of importance to the Council members.
Benefits & Deliverables
Network with distributors from multiple channels.
Identify talent processes for improvement.
Discover new talent strategies, methods and tools.
Align talent strategy with business strategy.
Develop your ability to recruit, develop and retain people.
Benchmark your current practices with best-in-class.
5 free attendees in each workshop.
Dr. Bharani Nagarathnam
Instructional Assistant Professor
Associate Director, Master of Industrial Distribution
Industrial Distribution | Texas A&M University
P: 979.847.8941 | M: 979.587.2849