Elements of Effective Talent Development

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Talent Development
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Tanya Taupier holds a bachelor’s degree in human resources from Western New England University and a master’s degree in project management from George Washington University. Also a trained leadership coach, she draws on her coaching and talent development experience in her role as Aetna’s executive director for human resources.

In organizational human resource processes, there several integral elements for successful talent development plan, including:

1. Time – Investing in talent development is a continuous activity. Results from mentoring and training do not manifest overnight, which is why talent development needs to be a regular initiative.

2. Delegation – A successful talent development plan depends on proper delegation of responsibilities. The plan identifies expectations from the training team, as well as the employees.

3. Focus on talent – Building on an employee’s talent has long-term positive effects in an organization. It is important to separate talent, which comes naturally, from skills, which are developed. Focusing on talent also involves offering talented employees opportunities for training.

4. Network of mentors – A culture that promotes talent development is built on a network of mentors acting as role models. These mentors should also promote the values of an organization and work to encourage continuous learning in employees.

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