Making Sure That People Really Are Your Most Important Asset
2009 for the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD)
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or many decades, talent management has been synonymous with succession planning for high-potential employees and top executives. Most organizations did not regard talent outside those two groups as a critical asset requiring focus. But in certain industries such as service, hospitality, or retail, and others where knowledge workers were the heart of the business, it became clear that the skills and abilities of many types of employees were essential for business success. Talent, or human capital, began to be regarded as an asset just like physical assets... [continues]
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