In many organisations performance and talent management systems are bureaucratic so they are not used effectively. One Page Talent Management is the answer.
At last a book on human resource management methods that seeks to eliminate the overly-complex bureaucratic processes used in so many organisations. Managers and staff alike hate them and pay lip service and as a result the performance management and staff development systems do not work as hoped; the response is often to add more complexity and controls to force their application.
In One Page Talent Management Marc Effron and Miriam Ort seek to deal with the challenge of making talent and human resource management usable so that managers and staff will use the leaner processes effectively. They aim to do so by Eliminating Complexity, Adding Value to performance and staff development management whilst still basing it on the same science as the ineffective bureaucratic systems.
The authors identify four reasons why existing approaches are not effective. Many line managers will recognise all or some of the barriers yet their experience and understanding does not get translated into effective talent management.
One Page Talent Management provides a generic three-step process that can then be applied to all aspects of a talent and performance management regime.
One Page Talent Management then goes on to show how it can be applied across wide range of talent management and staff development areas. Most importantly it shows how the thinking can be applied rather giving generalised simplistic solutions – recognising one size does not fit all.
In One Page Talent Management Effron and Ort apply the above approach across all aspects of talent management, staff development and succession planning. It provides a valuable insight into how performance management can also be efficient and effective. It is a slim volume that should be read by all senior executives and human resource professionals. Line managers, too, may wish to understand One Page Talent Management so that they can effectively argue their case for leaner talent management processes – most will already know they are needed. One Page Talent Management will give them the ammunition to show that it is possible
One Page Talent Management, Eliminating Complexity, Adding Value (2010, ISBN: 978-1-4221-6673-4) is published in hardback by Harvard Business Press at £29.95.
Marc Efron is the President of the Talent Strategy Group and Miriam Ort is Senior Manager, Human Resources at PepsiCo. Efron and Ort have worked together on developing and applying the One Page Talent Management approach in major organisations so that is based on both theory and practical experience.
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