Tag Archives: Talent Development

Talent development: Embracing learning as a process, not a program

Training and development has always been a crucial issue for business, but the learning landscape has changed drastically as technology alters the ways we work with and process information. SmartCEO and Drexel University gathered some of the region’s foremost experts on learning processes and techniques to weigh in on how learning has changed, and what companies can do to ensure their investment in developing employees pays off.

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How to turn raw talent into success for your company

SmartCEO December 2013

In the film based on the 1955 novel by Patricia Highsmith, Matt Damon famously portrays Thomas Ripley, a young, underachieving psychopath who concocts a bizarre scheme to attain wealth and personal contentment. Ripley lives in New York City and struggles to make a living by organizing small-time scams. He believes opportunity comes knocking when he is recruited by Herbert Greenleaf, a successful shipping magnate. Greenleaf engages Ripley to travel to Italy to persuade Greenleaf’s son to return to the U.S. 

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When do you let a new sales rep go?

Have you, at one time or another, kept an underperforming salesperson for too long? If you’re in the majority of business owners who have experienced this debacle (or witnessed your sales manager in the middle of it), see if you can answer this question: “Why did I wait so long to let them go?”

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10 ways to nurture the top talent you need

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You feel victorious. Your top candidate accepted your offer and you can’t wait to see what they can do for your company. But if you want to develop and retain the A-team, it’s going to take a little bit of effort and care on your part.

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4 talent development tricks to fuel growth

While the economy appears stuck in a period of slow and unsteady growth, U.S. companies don’t have to resign to the same fate. Some of the most robust growth strategies don’t hinge on access to hot markets; instead, if you want to grow your company, grow your talent. Building core competencies, problem-solving skills and leadership abilities among your existing staff can bolster the health and growth of your company in countless ways. But to realize those benefits, you and your managers must embrace the role of “educator.”

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