6/9/11: Top Talent Development Posts this Week

June 9, 2011 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 about getting senior managers involved in talent management, games as a recruiting tool, aligning leadership development with strategy, and virtual worlds.

From John Hollon: State of Talent Management: You Need to Get Your Senior Managers Engaged

“Wonder about the state of talent management as the economy struggles to recover after the deep recession? Here’s how a new survey views it:”

Wally’s Comment: John Hollon shares three talent management insights he gleaned from the State of Talent Management Survey.

From the Wall Street Journal: Enough With ‘Call of Duty,’ Answer the Call in Room 417

“While it’s not clear if “Farmville” ever did anything to inspire future farmers, Marriott International Inc. is hoping a hotel-themed online game could be a recruiting tool for the hotel industry.”

Wally’s Comment: The Army has been using “America’s Army” for almost a decade now and many corporations have noticed their success. Marriott, for one, is developing a game of its own for recruiting.

From Barb Arth: Pushing the Acceleration Pedal on Business Results: Have you had an alignment recently.you know, between your business and leadership development strategies?

“To compete and thrive today, there is no choice but to align the strategy for your leadership talent pipeline with your long-term business strategy ensuring that your bench has the leadership skills necessary to deliver on present and future business goals.  The pipeline becomes a part of your leadership development strategy which is the accelerator required to enable the development of your leaders who are truly capable of driving your business goals.”

Wally’s Comment: Barb Arth from Bersin and Associates shares a four step roadmap to an effective leadership development strategy.

From GigaOM: Virtual Worlds: Immersive Training, Collaboration and Meetings

“Are virtual worlds really viable environments for work? According to a survey by Unisfair, a global provider of virtual events and business environments, usage of virtual environments is growing for marketing, training and collaboration. Surveying 550 marketers nationwide, the study revealed that 60 percent of respondents plan to increase spending on virtual events and environments this year.”

Wally’s Comment: We’ve gotten used to thinking about a virtual workplace, but what would be different if it looked and felt more like a physical workplace? Virtual worlds are coming, so this could be the place to start boning up on them.

Carnivals, Lists, and Such

June 2011 Leadership Development Carnival– Commencement Edition hosted at the People Equation

Carnival or HR hosted by Women of HR

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

Posted in Talent Management

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