Talent Leadership

A Proven Method for Identifying and Developing High-Potential Employees

 Talent Leadership

Author: John Mattone
Pub Date: October 2012
Print Edition: $34.95
Print ISBN: 9780814432396
Page Count: 304
Format: Hardback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814432402

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McKinsey’s seminal “War for Talent” research painted a grim picture of human capital practices: Only 19 percent of companies were viewed as attracting talented people, and 8 percent of retaining them. Equally discouraging, a miniscule 16 percent demarcated employees as A, B, or C players. Sadly, the picture has barely improved.

Becoming a “best in class” talent management organization requires, in part, correctly identifying, developing, and promoting leaders and future leaders who possess the capability to excel in higher-level roles. While that sounds simple enough, the fact is: When it comes to selecting and promoting the “best of the best,” most organizations make far too many mistakes. Most organizations rely too heavily on subjectivity and management opinion when making promotion and high-potential decisions. For an organization to excel operationally now and into the future, they must select and promote leaders and future leaders who demonstrate they have the capability (can do), commitment (will do), and alignment (must do) required to help drive the organization to succeed. These three elements are the “leading indicators,” that predict both leader and organization success. Organizations that focus on passionately and diligently assessing, measuring, and calibrating these leading indicators, will achieve breakthrough operating results!

Talent guru John Mattone’s groundbreaking Talent Leadership shows you how to use metrics for benchmarking current and future talent, for turning assessment data into targeted coaching and development, and for linking the strength of your leadership development practices with organizational health, as measured by EBITA, sales, revenue, and other key financial data.

Drawing on more than 30 years of research and experience, including coaching work with over 200 executives and consulting work with more than 250 organizations, Mattone’s simple, yet profound approach to leader identification and development will open your eyes to the qualitative and quantitative value HR can bring to organizations and equip you, the HR or operating executive, with the tools for achieving success, including:

The 4Ds of robust talent management systems: deployment (selecting and promoting talent), diagnosis (continually assessing leader, individual, and team capability), development (continuously developing that capability), and demarcation (rewarding performance).

The Stealth Fighter Model™: a diagnostic tool that links each element of your talent management practices, including assessing the strength of your 4Ds; measuring the leading indicators of leadership potential; weighing individual, team, and organizational performance; and determining if your leadership practices are contributing to or detracting from operational excellence.

The Wheel of Success™: a universal target of leadership success consisting of an outer core of nine strategic skills and an inner core of seven intrapersonal and interpersonal elements that strongly affect a leader’s ability to grow and develop his or her outer core—plus much more.

The best predictor of a leader’s future behavior is more than just his or her past behavior; it also requires the deliberate assessment, alignment, and development of those skills, motivation factors, and personality elements required for success in future leadership positions. Talent Leadership will help you make the most effective strategic human resources decisions so that you can propel your leaders and future leaders to higher levels of success while driving stellar operating results—with the metrics to prove it.

John Mattone is the president of JohnMattonePartners, Inc., a global leadership consulting firm. He is a sought after keynote speaker and coach to many of America’s leading corporations. He also teaches in the executive MBA program at Florida Atlantic University and, in 2011, was named to the “guru radar” by the prestigious Thinkers50. He lives in Orlando, Florida. John can be reached at johnmattonepartners@gmail.com.

Luiz Xavier is a doctoral candidate in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program at the University of Central Florida.

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