William J. Rothwell and H.C Kazanas, The Strategic Development of Talent


This is not a new book and in fact, it has been sitting in my library for quite a while. I had consulted it when I needed info on specific issues, for example career management when I was facilitating career planning workshops, but I had not yet attempted to read it from cover to cover. So I have done that in the past month, reading 30 minutes at breakfast while having my coffee.

The strength of this book is how is how well is situates the planning of talent development efforts in the context of strategic planning for the organization.  I had never seen this be covered so extensively in other texts on talent development, or learning and development, planning.

There is a very interesting chapter on environmental scanning. It is defined in the following way: “Environmental scanning for Talent Development is the process of monitoring trends, issues, problems, or events that might create the need for future talent as a result of environmental changes.” The chapter then proceeds with suggestions on how to do this, while highlighting that this can be a highly creative process and that it may be done differently depending on circumstances.  The authors then go on to discuss how to do strategic planning for talent development and draw parallels with the strategic planning activities undertaking for the business as a whole.

The authors sometimes use what I would consider non-standard terminology, but it does not deter from getting to the very good ideas they present along the way.

One regrettable characteristic of this book is the poor quality of the binding. I did not survive one read-through and there are now loose pages.

The whole book seems to be available for free here: http://www.untag-smd.ac.id/files/Perpustakaan_Digital_2/PERSONNEL%20MANAGEMENT%20Development%20of%20Talent.pdf


Rothwell, William J. And H.C. Kazanas, The Strategic Development of Talent: A Framework for Using Talent to Support Your Organizational Strategy. 2nd edition. HRD Press, Amherst, MA: 2003.


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