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Talent Development

Talent development is crucial to the success of a team or organization.  Team members who understand their talents as well as the overall needs of the team will ultimately add value to a teamís success.  It is important then that team leaders provide and encourage consistent and thoughtful talent development strategies.  Below are ten talent development guidelines:

Prioritize Competencies.  Identify those competencies that will make the biggest difference to the success of your team and concentrate your development efforts on them.

Help team members to understand their talents.  Provide team members with a solid self assessment so they can better understand not only their personal work talents but also their impact on the team.  Self understanding is a doorway to personal growth.  

Link daily work to shared values and success.  Let people know that their contributions are valued.  Explain also how their everyday activities are tied to both the values and success of your team.  Talent development increases when team members understand why their roles are important.

Nurture a climate of learning.  This means that team members must have easy access to various types of learning opportunities: coaching, course work, learning events, speakers, in-house and external developmental activities, etc.  Make it clear that developing oneís talents is a high priority.

Provide talent development guidance. Conduct individual talent development meetings with your team members in which you outline a growth plan that fits both the individual and the needs of your team.

Conduct regular team assessments.  Use your team assessments to identify desired talents for future success.   

Be certain that your talent development initiatives are visible and acknowledged.

Write talent-based job descriptions.  In your position job descriptions identify clearly the skills and talents required for success.

 Challenge, Support, and Measure.  Provide talented team members with new challenges, support them as they tackle new opportunities, and conference with them to identify and measure their talent growth.

Acknowledge talent growth.  Team members not only want to expand their talents, they also want to be recognized for their growth.