Developing Executive Talent: Best Practices from Global Leaders / Edition 1

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The systematic management of executive talent is a key strategicchallenge for most large corporations. This is an emerging fieldand, consequently, there is a lack of consensus about what isinvolved and a variety of approaches have been adopted. InDeveloping Executive Talent Jonathan Smilansky, PhD summarizes thekey activities and concerns of large businesses in the USA andEurope that are focused around the identification, development andeffective utilisation of executive talent. In doing so, he provideseven the most experienced Human Resource executive with a muchbroader array of inputs about what today's leading organisationsare doing in this area.

What quickly becomes clear is that even the best businesses arestill developing their talent management processes. There are not'right' answers and different organisations, with different levelsof commitment, at different stages of development and in differentenvironments produce different approaches. Developing ExecutiveTalent is a map that lets you compare your organisation's approachwith what others are doing in this area. It also grants you  aclose-up view of alternative processes designed to identify anddevelop the leaders of tomorrow. By learning from the experience ofothers you can become an 'educated consumer' of talent managementservices, and help both your organisation and your own career.

With quotations from Heads of Human resources describing theirexperiences and concerns, specific tools and processes used bylarge businesses to identify and manage the leaders of tomorrow,Developing Executive Talent offers the clearest and most coherentpicture to date of how leading organisations are tackling thiscritical business challenge.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470033180
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/2/2007
  • Series: J-B Foreign Imprint Series - EMEA Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Smilansky, a PhD psychologist, started his career as an academic and then moved into Human Resource consultancy with a focus on individual and organisational development. Prior to founding Hydrogen (a talent development consultancy), Jonathan was the Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources for Universal Music Group (based in New York). He held similar positions at Forte/Meridien Hotels and Visa International and has also been a Partner in Hay Management Consultants (UK) and in Pilat HR Systems. Jonathan’s interests focus on talent and organisation development and the role of Human Resources in improving business performance. He has written a number of books and articles for professional publications including The New HR, Thompson Publishing (1997) and Talent Management, Wiley (2006). 

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Table of Contents


1. What is this book about?

2. The importance of talent management for long-term businesssuccess.

3. An overview of Talent Management processes

4. Using strategic business objectives to drive TalentManagement efforts.

5. Talent management in critical jobs.

6. Managing succession.

7. Talent scouting in the external environment.

8. Systematic processes for identifying future executive talentand assessing potential.

9. Career paths.

10. Developing executive capability.

11. Breaking down silos that are barriers to effective talentmanagement.

12.Talent Management and diversity.

13. Employer branding and talent management.

14. Integrating talent management with other human resourceprocesses.

15. How about exceptional performers?

16. Building support at the top.

17. How do I manage my own career?

18. Conclusion.





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