"So why exactly do you want to start a blog?" my boss asked me the other day...
To be clear, it's not so much that I wanted to start a blog. In all honesty, I have had my hands full making sure Starbucks has enough talent and taking care of my two year old daughter and 5 month old son. Mostly it was that I was dragged into the blogosphere repeatedly by some different folks and even given a nickname (thankfully I've been called worse) by this crazy Canuck and so before that got out of hand I figured it was high time for me to take matters into my hands. The best defense, as they say, is a good offense.
Which leads me to meritocracy.net. "Why the name?" I've been asked repeatedly. Dictionary.com defines it as:
|mer·i·toc·ra·cy Pronunciation Key (mr-tkr-s) n. pl. mer·i·toc·ra·cies |
It's some serious philosophical waxing, but it's kind of like this: As we think about the world, and its never-ending march towards more efficient distribution of capital (including talent), I believe that increasingly, more of the currently widespread inefficiency will be driven out of capitalist organizations, and therefore 'the overall model' will increasingly become more meritocratic. If you believe (as I do) that the only enduring competitive advantage that organizations are able to maintain are brand and talent capital then it will be a requirement that more meritocratic mechanisms be implemented to support the evolving efficiencies.
One of the current 'problems' is that most organizations do not have clearly articulated and deeply supported meritocracy ingrained in their talent management systems. Based on my admittedly limited observations, I suspect it's systemic in all current organizations and a result of things like 'organizational inertia', impure data and data management, organizational politics, outdated HR thinking, and a host of other real issues. All of this creates inefficiency. In the end, as it relates to human capital, talent and (more importantly) the value that talent can generate on behalf of an organization, is one of the only thing that really matters. So when I consider the idea of a pure meritocracy, for me it becomes a bit of a Holy Grail... a highly efficient, economically authentic system of managing one of the only components of sustainable competitive advantage in business.
So, because of all that, it seemed fitting that the idea provide the foundation for this blog.