talent development

  • 5 practical pointers to apply 70-20-10 to talent development and management

    Two years ago a client asked me to build a talent development program that was strongly interwoven with talent management. One of their requirements was to adhere to the 70/20/10 mindset.

  • Bring on the role models

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    In my daily working practice I began to notice a huge contrast between the preferred learning styles of high potentials and the design of talent programs.

  • De kracht van potentie

    Hoe waardevol is potentieel? Wat is de waarde van persoonlijk initiatief? Kunnen wij –belachelijk- veeleisende banen, combineren met organisatieontwikkeling? Wat is de kracht van potentie?

  • Do our regular talent management efforts really pay off?

    There are quite a few talent management interventions that we’ve started to take for granted, like talent pools, talent reviews and talent boards (Bryan, Joyce, 2007).

  • Een talentvolle missie

    Het is onze missie om talenten enthousiast, gecommitteerd en betrokken te houden, zodat zij niet zullen overwegen de organisatie te verlaten.

  • Everything starts with Business Alignment

    In recent years it may have been enough to clarify the question (and the question behind the question) of our clients and delve into the design, development and delivery of the content as quickly as possible. Our roles as learning, development and training experts may have been quite content driven.

  • Five tips to foster talent, with the brain in mind

    I believe that some elementary neuroscience is an essential tool for talent development. Since 2010 I’ve been enthused and inspired by David Rock, who has made neurological findings incredibly accessible to leaders, managers, consultants and trainers. His insights form one of seven foundations in my programs for talent managers.

  • Four ROI’s on Talent

    Since 2008 I’ve been actively engaged in designing, developing and delivering talent development programs and talent management infrastructure for fortune 100 companies.

  • Het geheime dagboek van HRD

    In mei nam ik, met de NVO2 delegatie, deel aan de 2015 ATD, de jaarlijkse Internationale conferentie en expositie voor Alliance voor Talent Development: “ICE, ICE”, baby. De afgelopen vijf jaar heeft de CEO van de ATD, Tony Bingham, zich sterk gemaakt voor mobiel en sociaal leren. Zijn argumenten zijn fascinerend, zijn feiten kloppen, zijn uitvoering is voorbeeldig. Maar, nu het aantal conferenties dat ik bijwoon zich opstapelt, krijg ik het gevoel dat er een onverteld verhaal zit, achter de verhalen die we onszelf vertellen.

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  • Hoe herschik je de ligstoelen op het dek van de Titanic?

    Onlangs heb ik mijn Forzes collega Marcel van der Pol uitgenodigd bij een intervisiebijeenkomst van een van mijn klanten. Marcel is een getalenteerde theater producer en artiest. Tijdens de presentatie van zijn derde boekkwam het idee in me op om hem uit te nodigen.

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  • How HRD is failing at talent development

    It was just over two weeks ago that I had the pleasure to meet up with an L&D manager of one our Dutch banks. We talked, as we’re both fond of doing, about the future of learning and the developments within her department and in our mutual field. I came out of our meeting, feeling both impressed by the scope of her drive and worried about the direction yet another company is taking.

  • How to integrate Talent Management – notes from my field book

    Research by Alliance for Talent Development (ATD) shows that HR departments, due primarily to budgetary considerations, are less likely to perceive talent management as an integrated process, let alone to address it as such (ASTD global conference, 2009). Departments like HRD, for instance, will receive more budget when they have an attractive talent development program on offer and career development will receive more funding when they support the organizations’ outliers on carefully laid out career paths. It seems to me that every HR department fights for a piece of the puzzle, without actually completing the picture.

  • HRD’s untold story

    It’s the second day of the 2015 ATD, the Alliance for Talent Development’s annual International Conference and Exposition: “ICE, ICE”, baby. For the past five years the ATD CEO, Tony Bingham, has made a compelling case for mobile and social learning. His argument is compelling, his facts are straight, his delivery is exemplary. But, as the number of conferences that I’ve attended stack up, I get the feeling there’s an untold story behind the story we’re telling ourselves.

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  • Innovating talent to bring the future to the present (instead of the other way around)

    Lynda Gratton is currently thé worldwide authority with respect to "The Future of Work”. She’s calling on companies and institutions to redesign the experiences they offer talents to enable frequent job and role changes: even if those talents are optimally engaged. Her conclusion is dictated by the fact that "highbrow" professionals are less likely to commit to just one employer for life.

  • It’s all in a name

    The terminology we use in the work that we do, our daily jargon, is not something we often dwell on. But what do we actually do when we talk about 'talent' in organizations? What happens to people when they are appointed as 'talent'?

    A couple of weeks ago I hosted a training for a group of managers to help them make the U-turn to managers of talent. The story of one of them, Martin, still comes to my mind with crystal clarity. In the session we reviewed several options to help talent to flourish. Martin responded enthusiastically. He recognized many of them, and already applied some. After an in-depth dialogue he presented us with a dilemma. One of his team members is a former trainee who has been appointed as ‘talent’ during his traineeship. In line with the options we discussed, Martin offered the former trainee to take the stage with some regularity. He invariably seized this moment to put his own contribution in the spotlight. On stage, he always spoke of "I" and not "we." In the corridors Martin noticed that this former trainee spoke rather critical and not appreciative of his colleagues: especially when they weren’t there.

  • Musings on the coming digital talent landscape

    Just a few days ago I got the wonderful news that my proposal to help create a talent philosophy at a Dutch multinational has been accepted. When we were talking about the scope of my assignment the VP HR came up with this lovely description: a talent philosophy. One of my deliverables will be to describe two scenarios for an integrated talent approach to talent management: one for the near term and a future scenario. In the future I foresee a far more data-driven talent approach. A prime enabler will be the integration of Enterprise Resource Planning systems, like SAP, with Learning Management Systems, such as SuccesFactors.

    When an ERP system and an LMS become integrated, I see talent surrounded by a cloud of data.

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    Experiences gained and jobs, assignments, projects, programs undertaken. Lessons learned and courses followed. Skills sharpened and competencies gained. Performance achieved and potential shown. All these data-items and more will form a mesmerising and living cloud of big data on both learning and performing. Its intended use is to accurately match and map talent to opportunity, both in terms of jobs and roles in projects, programs and short term assignments.

    Ideal right? I agree. In a multinational this will be the only way to glimpse the talent landscape across countries, regions and divisions. It will free talent, or at least its data, from the limits of local oversight and the potential this holds for strategic talent management is simply huge.

    But is does this pretty picture paint the entire landscape? Of that I’m not so sure. We at ROI on Talent are driven by the belief that more than 60% of talents in organisations remain latent, undiscovered, untapped and therefore under-utilised. However powerful an integrated HR system may be: if we don’t solve this puzzle, we’ll end up wasting talent, opportunity and, in the end, money.

    What we do know however from our own experience, is that leaders, managers and colleagues are able tap into this untapped ‘talent pool’ by eveloping their capacity to spot and flourish their own talents and those of their team-mates. When we augment the digital talent landscape by strengthening this organisation-wide capacity to spot and flourish people, we’ll have pained a truly wonderful vista. This is something we aspire to: do you?


  • Never sell sales

    Too often sales trainers will try to sell you how much fun sales can be. Don’t! Just don’t. Please?

    Let me tell you why.

  • Not to measure is not an option

    This is the fourth and final mini-blog to celebrate my attendance at and contributions to the 2009 through 2014 global A(S)TD conferences. So many insights from keynotes and concurrent sessions, so many books and articles that I found myself reading after the conferences: it’s been a blast, to be honest! Let’s meet up in Orlando, Florida, from May 17 to 20!

  • On a Mission

    It’s our mission to keep talents enthused, committed and engaged, so that they won’t consider leaving your company.

  • Perspectieven op de Toekomst van Talent: hoe twee kennisleiders terugdenken vanuit de toekomst.

    Onlangs maakte ik van de gelegenheid gebruik om een van mijnopdrachtgevers en een van mijn jongste ondernemersvrienden een goed boek toe te sturen: “Ready? The 3Rs of Preparing Your Organization for the Future” by Thomas Malnight , Tracey Keys and Kees van der Graaf