A friend who's a PR and marketing expert has been visiting, and we've been talking about the "central narrative" which drives all PR activity. And of course, that's what the workforce plan is for HR. When we think about talent management practices and how they often lack a single coherent approach, it's because they are often like marketing practices done in the absence of the critical central narrative. In HR, the practice of strategic workforce planning is the development of a coherent, actionable central narrative. Not for the whole workforce, but segment by segment, rolling up into a whole.

Does your HR strategy have a strong central narrative?