Abstracts: November 15th, 2006

The research findings from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development show that there is a variety of approaches to talent management and no one blueprint that can be applied to all organizational contexts. Each organisation has different resourcing requirements for its current and future ‘talent pipeline’, as well as different issues to be addressed. A survey of organizations, which included Derby City Council, showed that 94% of respondents believe that well-designed talent management development activities can have a positive impact on the success of an organization.The report expresses concerns about strategies that concentrate exclusively on an elite, high-potential few, rather than taking a more inclusive ‘whole workforce’ approach. The survey found that 67% of respondents believe that developing high-potential individuals is one of the two main objective of talent management, while 62% placed growing future senior managers as one of their two main objectives. The report argues for a more inclusive approach that recognises that there are various key positions to fill in any organization, as well as a future pipeline of the ‘appropriate’ skills to fill all of these positions, whatever the level.

The report, published by the Charted Institute of Personnel and Development is available at: http://www.cipd.co.uk/subjects/recruitmen/general/_tlmtmgtdim.htm