The Essential Guide to Managing Talent

Authors: Kaye Thorne, Andy Pellant
Price: £18.99
Publisher: Kogan Page
Pages: 208
ISBN: 0749444630

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This guide to managing talent within an organisation takes a comprehensive look at the practical steps needed to release the talent already in your organisation and, therefore, attract even more talent from other organisations. It also contains some personal views on talent from leaders in the field, including Peter Honey, and further research.

The book is split into 12 chapters, each containing quotes, excellent case studies and summaries of the section’s message. The chapters include: what is talent the strategic role for HR becoming an employer of choice how to create the right environment for talent to thrive and creating a talent pool.

It starts with the basics of talent management and builds on this by stressing how the strategic role of HR can not only shape this area but, by being responsible for talent management within the organisation, can also raise the business partner profile in an area that many organisations have often tended to ignore. It explains how to shape the organisation by changing environment, branding, motivators and leadership styles to become ‘the’ organisation of choice.

It is a useful guide for any HR professional aiming to attract talent to, and encourage talent within, their organisation because it can be used as a start-up guide and a reference tool.

Useful? Four out of five stars
Well-written? Four out of five stars
Practical? Four out of five stars
Inspirational? Four out of five stars
Value for money? Four out of five stars

Reviewed by Teresa Alvarez, strategic learning and development consultant, Essex County Council


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