MANAGING LEADERSHIP TALENT POOLS
Ben E. Dowell
Do you have the talent to achieve or maintain competitive advantage? Where are your most highly talented people deployed? Do you have the talent to adapt to a new strategic reality? The answers to these questions can all come from the disciplined review and management of leadership talent pools.
Talent management is not what it used to be. More and more research suggests that fewer people are capable of meeting the demanding future needs of organizations (Michaels, Handfield-Jones & Axelrod, 2001; Charan, Drotter, & Noel, 2001; Wolfe, 2004). The Corporate Leadership Council (2005) identifies eight factors that are challenging organizations from a talent perspective: mergers and acquisitions, ...