7/7/11: Top Talent Development Posts this Week

July 7, 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 on talent at the tipping point, scarce talent, Bersin’s HR Factbook, HR changes at SAP, and a free leadership development program.

From David Wilkins: Talent at the Tipping Point

“In the proliferation of new studies on corporate talent issues, a single theme emerges: high-value talent is hard to find and hard to keep”

Wally’s Comment: This post is an excellent quick review of recent studies on the current state of the “War for Talent” or whatever you choose to call it.

From Laura Schroeder: Where Has All the Talent Gone?

“According to The Global Talent Index Report published by the Economic Intelligence Unit there is a global talent shortage. Although the US fares somewhat better than other regions due to strong universities and a comparatively deregulated work environment, even in the US there are more open positions than can be filled due to scarce talent.”

Wally’s Comment: Laura Schroeder looks at some of the same material as Wilkins’ post, and adds analysis and two things you should consider.

From Josh Bersin: Yes, HR Really Does Make A Difference – HR Factbook Research Proves Business Value

“This week we published the first ever HR Factbook®, a comprehensive benchmarking study which summarizes almost two years of research into the spending, resource allocation, and staffing levels of corporate Human Resources.  I am particularly proud of this research, because not only does it provide valuable benchmarking information for any HR manager, it also clearly proves the value of HR to business.”

Wally’s Comment: This could easily be titled “The State of the HR Challenge.” There’s a lot of good material in the post and a free pdf of the Executive Summary is also available.

From Jon Ingham: HR Transformation at SAP

“My favourite presentation at last week’s SAP HR Transformation summit focused on SAP itself.  Roger Bellis, their European SVP for Talent, Leadership and Organisation Development (and a former client from Barclays) explained that SAP is now a mega company, and its people management challenges are a bit like a teenager moving into adulthood.”

Wally’s Comment: Here’s an interesting look into how one global company is responding to the challenges described in the posts above.

From Dan McCarthy: Free Leadership Development Program: Becoming a Great Leader

“What if I created a leadership development program that anyone with $100 and a good dose of initiative could complete on their own?
So here it is, my first draft. It turned out to be more of a project than I thought it would be, taking up a good part of a rainy Sunday morning in New England and hours of follow-up refinement. Your feedback is welcomed, including pointing out typos, which I am sure there are many.”

Wally’s Comment: Dan McCarthy has spent career learning about leadership development and this program shows that he put his time to good use. This is an excellent resource to pass along to individuals who want to devote some structured time to their own leadership development and also a fine example of key ideas and resources that you may want to incorporate into your own leadership development program.

Carnivals, Lists, and Such

The Leadership Development Carnival at Great Leadership

From John Hunter: Management Improvement Carnival #135

From Abhishek Mittal: The Carnival of HR

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

Posted in Talent Management

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