Purpose – The purpose of this article is to provide alternative views on talent development to promote thought. Design/methodology/approach – Ideas on talent development including succession planning drawn from experience of working with organizations are presented in this article. Findings – The article finds that talent development is a more complex and fraught activity than many in human resources recognize, and that standardized approaches that assume that talented people are very similar do not work effectively. Talented people need and want to take charge of their own development but with the right support from the organization. Practical implications – The practical implications of this article are that people need to take charge of their own development and that it should be personalized for each individual. Originality/value – This article is useful for individuals and organizations in seeking alternative methods of developing talent.
Development and Learning in Organizations – Emerald Publishing
Published: May 1, 2006
Keywords: Leadership; Development; Skills; Learning
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