7/26/12: Top Talent Development Posts this Week

July 26, 2012 by Wally Bock

Every week, I review blogs and other publications that cover talent development to find the very best talent development posts. This week, you’ll find pointers to pieces on what makes a “real” leader today, what makes good recruiters good, why employees join and stay with organizations, ideas for retaining the young and talented, and how social technology is affecting talent management.

From Steve Roesler: What Makes a “Real” Leader Today?

“There’s an entire industry built around Leadership. Graduate programs, consulting businesses, workshops, seminars, books, DVD’s…I sometimes wonder if it hasn’t become a cult in search of an idealized organizational savior. If that’s the case for some, then the search will continue indefinitely but the conversation will be wonderfully angst-filled.”

Wally’s Comment: Steve Roesler takes us back to the foundations, beginning with the question: “What do we really expect?” followed by three more questions.

From Tim Sackett: Three Reasons Good Recruiters are Good at Recruiting

“I was reminded this past week that recruiting is very hard. No, it’s not hard to post a job on your careers page and wait for a resume that you won’t screen and just pass along to the hiring manager. That’s not hard. Recruiting is hard when it comes down to finding talent that really doesn’t want to be found and has no desire to go to work for your bad culture and crappy manager who turns over people constantly – that’s when recruiting is hard!”

Wally’s Comment: Tim Sackett shares his thoughts on what separates good recruiters from the rest of the pack.

From Blanchard Leaderchat: Top five reasons why employees join and stay with organizations

“A new Towers Watson research paper is shedding some light on what attracts employees to an organization (and what keeps them there after they’ve joined.)  The 2012 Global Workforce Study includes responses from 32,000 employees in 29 markets around the world.”

Wally’s Comment: Here’s a summary of and insights on the Towers Watson 2012 Global Workforce Study provided by David Witt.

From Derek Irvine: 3 Ideas to Retain the Young & Talented When Career Paths Are Scarce

“Let that sink in for a moment. Very soon, the average organization will have more employees nearing retirement than mid-career employees ready and able to take their place.”

Wally’s Comment: Derek Irvine has suggestions for talent development among the often-forgotten Generation X.

From Kyle Lagunas: 4 Ways Social Technology Is Impacting Talent Management

“Here are four ways social technologies are having a positive impact in talent management.”

Wally’s Comment: These days, you can’t avoid either social technology or social technology hype. That’s why you should enjoy this sensible description of ways that social technology can make talent management better.

Carnivals and Such

From Dan McCarthy: 25 Great Leadership Development Quotes

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

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