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Embrace the New Talent Contract (#1 Agile HR Themes)

Embrace the New Talent Contract (#1 Agile HR Themes)

Author: Fabiola Eyholzer

Intrinsically motivated people are the real driving force behind Lean | Agile Enterprises. Their drive and desire to make a difference builds the foundation for the new talent contract. The ensuing power shift will give Agile people a voice in shaping the way their organization, leaders, and HR interacts with them – not only when it comes to their career development, but across the whole HR value chain.


This is the age of disruption and enterprises must respond to the new realities by fundamentally reinventing their mindsets, behavior, leadership, and ways of working.

The driving force behind Lean | Agile organizations are people. It is their ideas, experiences, and interpretations as well as their ability to convert information, knowledge, and expertise into creative, innovative solutions that keep businesses moving forward. The results of their intermediate work are often intangible and require improvisation; the use of judgment in ambiguous situations, as well as interactions with others.

Modern employees are learning workers who thrive on this kind of challenging, meaningful work. But they also seek meaning and purpose along with appreciation and respect. They are intrinsically motived; they want to take responsibility and be actively involved. So, in order to innovate and contribute, they must be allowed to manage themselves with the necessary autonomy and empowerment.

All of this shapes the new talent contract and embracing it, means a move from micro-management and command & control to inspiring leadership; but it also means recognizing the power shift that comes from accepting the drive of Agile people.

This, inevitably, also affects the way HR interacts and engages with both management and the workforce. Employees will claim a voice in shaping the way their organization takes care of them – not only when it comes to their career development, but across the whole HR value chain.

Like management practices, People Operations are less prescriptive and more flexible, empowering and accommodating; and HR solutions are co-created and constantly evolving. This is an integral part of building places of work full of inspiration and engagement. 


This article is part of the series “Aligning key Themes in Human Resources to Lean | Agile Values & Principles

This post was contributed by Fabiola Eyholzer, CEO of Just Leading Solutions, LLC. More information about Fabiola, Agile HR and the services of Just Leading Solutions can be found at

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