Hiring the Best: The First Step in Integrated Talent Management

Leslie W. Joyce

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. —Lao Tzu

I’ve been teaching leaders to recruit and select people for 25 years. Since my first real job in human resources, I’ve been passionate about the first step in the talent value chain, hiring the right people, which makes developing the right skill sets so much easier.

Hiring the right person sets the foundation for every talent activity that follows. Get the foundation wrong—pick the wrong person—and you will be living with it for a long time. As the head of learning and leadership development, I’ve been in the unenviable position of having responsibility for training all the “right” people ...

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