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ATD’s Foundations of Talent Development: Launching, Leveraging, and Leading Your Organization’s TD Effort by Elaine Biech

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CHAPTER 7

Enhance Your Organizational and Industry Savvy

Your ability to successfully implement a talent development effort may depend on more than you initially thought. You need to be a systems thinker—using everything you know about your organization to identify the leverage points that lead to the outcome you desire. Of course, you need to have the basic essential qualities of the craft: the ability to assess learning needs, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a combination of creativity and practicality, and a drive for lifelong learning. But there’s more—more things than you might imagine will affect your talent development effort.

You’ll need a deep knowledge of your organization and its industry. How much do you know about ...

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