Someone once told me you can live a lifetime in a week. This notion is even more apparent today as we undergo a period of change – weekly it seems. With the first decade of the 21st century now complete, industry and workplace environments are changing so quickly that it sometimes feels like one can hardly keep up. A perfect example is the first week of 2010. Since beginning HTM, I’ve already witnessed change in the Hispanic talent market – particularly when it comes to how organizations are recognizing the importance of tapping the Hispanic workforce and leadership talent pool.
While HTM and my associated company serve a narrowly targeted workforce segment, initiatives and efforts by companies to focus on the Hispanic workforce demonstrate that it’s of vital importance to the economic vitality of the United States on a global scale. Not only within the realm of developing Hispanic leaders in organizations today, but also in planning for their future well before they enter the workforce.
Despite some of the economic troubles that are impacting employment today, overall Hispanics are still making a positive impact on the economy and, in many ways, softening the blow to what is a tough economic period. While this contribution is apparent to the marketing and advertising gurus, some organizations are just now starting to realize why it’s also important to bring more Hispanic talent and leaders into their organizations.
Like any type of change, transformation requires a clear sense of where you are going. Incorporating more Hispanic talent and leaders requires organizations to remain open-minded and aware about their external environment. In a way, organizations must incorporate the concept from the field of anthropology, asking questions: where are the future leaders going to come from? How do I modify my recruiting approach to find them? How do I gain their interest in order to gain their trust? Yes, change is sweeping the world already in 2010. We are on the edge of a new tomorrow, especially when it comes to the new Hispanic workforce.