Conclusion: Finding superior talent has always been a challenge, even more so now. Traditional attraction and retention strategies still have value in most situations. However, there are novel ways to think about attracting talent in a digital world, including rethinking the need to attract talent at all by rethinking the business problem.

In many cases, technical skills can be taught on the job. What is harder to teach – and is therefore highly sought after – is the triple-crown of critical thinking, creativity in problem solving and curiosity. Consider putting those three characteristics at the top of the talent wish list and adapt existing recruitment practices to identify, attract and retain the right talent.

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Ewan Perrin

About The Advisor

Ewan Perrin

Ewan Perrin was an IBRS advisor from January 2019 - September 2019 who focused on strategy, business alignment, leadership and culture, and risk management. As a CIO and senior IT executive in the Australian government he delivered transformational change, including the Federal government’s first offshore hosted Cloud solution. He chaired the Australian Government CIO Forum, bringing over 50 CIOs together to collaborate on cross-agency and broader industry issues and initiatives. He has established an award-winning program management office, achieving international recognition by the Project Management Institute as an ‘Outstanding PM Organisation’. Prior to joining IBRS, he was an Executive Partner with Gartner based in Singapore, providing mentoring, coaching and strategic advice to CIOs and other IT leaders across Southeast Asia. He has worked extensively with Board and CEOs across many industries on delivery of strategic IT programs, both as an advisor and as a consultant. Ewan is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a company director in the human services sector.