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Straight Talk on Leadership: Solving Canada's Business Crisis by R. Douglas Williamson

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Part VI

The Importance of Human Capital Management

How many times have you heard a business leader convincingly tell you, “Our people are our most important asset”? While the statement has a nice ring to it and evokes honourable sentiments of caring and appreciation, it is hardly ever backed up with meaningful actions to prove its validity in practice. The fact of the matter is this: the world has progressed further and faster than most business leaders understand when it comes to leading people and managing human capital. The gap that already existed has widened even further since the recession of 2007–2012 and has been fed by a whole series of actions that leaders have taken in a vain attempt to roll back the clock on progress or, at a minimum, ...

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