1/5/12: Top Talent Development Posts this Week

January 5, 2012 by Wally Bock

Every week, I review blogs that cover talent development to find the very best talent development posts. This week, you’ll find pointers to pieces on the world of work in the future, the 9 Box Grid, informal learning, and facilitating organizational learning.

From Kevin Grossman via TLNT: My Wish For Talent Management and HR in 2012: Think Big, But Be Clear

“Anything can be a metaphor about the world of work. Take my elder B, the bath time scientist and two different-sized cups: my daughter Beatrice filled a big cup from a small cup with bath water. As each little cup spilled into the bigger cup, air bubbles formed in the flow and surfaced quickly.”

Wally’s Comment: Kevin’s wish for talent management and HR is actually more than that. It’s a wish that we can create a world of work that our children will thrive in.

From Dan McCarthy: The Performance and Potential Matrix (9 Box Grid) – an Update

“The performance and potential matrix (9 box grid) is one of the most widely used tools in succession planning and development. It can be a valuable tool for anyone who works in talent management, or for any manager. For some reason, however, it seems to be covered in a veil of secrecy, leaving those that want to learn how to use it with little guidance.”

Wally’s Comment: I remember the first time I saw this tool in action. It was like the heavens parted and the angel choirs sang. If you already know something about the 9 Box Grid, read this post anyway. You’ll understand more about why it works and how to make it work better for you when you’re done. If the tool is new to you, even if you’re not in HR, read the post and watch for the clouds to part.

The next two posts are both about learning on the job. They’re written by two of my favorite thinkers on this stuff. And you’ll get even more from them if you read them together.

From Harold Jarche: Informal learning, the 95% solution

“Informal learning is not better than formal training; there is just a whole lot more of it. It’s 95% of workplace learning, according to the research behind this graphic, by Gary Wise.”

Wally’s Comment: Let Harold Jarche enlighten you on why the way most companies do training [and think they facilitate learning] is a Taylorist artifact and what you can do to make things better.

From Charles Jennings: Through the 70:20:10 Looking Glass

“In this article I want to turn to the ‘how’ of change and transformation in organisational learning and look at one specific approach that many organisations are finding useful to help them adapt to meet changing requirements and demands – the 70:20:10 framework.”

Wally’s Comment: Charles Jennings comes at the same issue as Harold Jarche, but from another angle.

Carnivals, Lists, and Such

The January Leadership Development Carnival: Best of 2011 Edition at Great Leadership

International HR Forum Best of 2011

The latest Carnival of HR at LeanHR

Wally Bock is a coach, a writer and President of Three Star Leadership.

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  1. Dan McCarthy says:

    Wally –
    “Watch for the clouds to part”? LOL.
    Thanks for featuring my post.

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