The Executive Guide to
High Impact Talent Management

What Others Are Saying...

Clarifies Every Leader's Real Role in Developing Talent...

"Most executives I know are far more comfortable running the financial or operational or product sides of their business. This book does an excellent job clarifying every leader's real role in developing talent to grow their business." - John Rex, CFO Microsoft North America


Incredibly Helpful for... Our Entire Senior Management Team...

"DeLong & Trautman have attacked this issue of managing talent and developing leaders in a manner that is systemic, grounded, insightful, and incredibly helpful for a CEO like me and for our entire senior management team." - Peter Metcalf, CEO/President, Black Diamond Equipment


Practical Approaches... Help You Maximize the Payoffs...

"The authors' practical approaches to prioritizing risk and implementing creative talent solutions can help you maximize the payoff off these investments." - Annmarie Neal, VP Cisco Center for Collaborative Leadership, Cisco Systems


Shows Leaders How to Compete and Win...

"DeLong & Trautman show leaders how to compete and win at the increasingly high-stakes game of talent management." - Joseph W. Wilczek, CEO, Franciscan Health System


Full of Practical Insights...

"This book is full of practical insights that will make you a more effective leader today." - Hy Pomerance, Chief Talent Officer, New York Life Insurance Company


Gives Leaders a Practical Guide...

"Globalization, an aging workforce, and a lack of bench strength make building future capabilities in today’s knowledge-intensive companies a tremendous challenge. No one-size-fits-all approach to talent management will do the trick. This book gives leaders a practical guide for developing new workforce and leadership capabilities that can be adapted to any culture." - Steve Goers, VP Open Innovation, Knowledge Management, IP & Investments, Kraft Foods


Shows HR Leaders How to Create a More Effective Dialogue with Line Managers...

"Few leaders doubt the dramatic impact we will experience with the massive changes in workforce demographics. This book shows HR leaders how to create a more effective dialogue with their line managers to implement talent strategies that truly improve business performance." - Dave Hemmer, President, Career Partners International


Shows How Time-Starved Executives Can Have an Immediate and Lasting Impact...

"Like most businesses, Aon Corporation must always look for ways to get better at developing tomorrow’s leaders. With great examples from both large and small companies, DeLong and Trautman show how time-starved executives can have an immediate and lasting impact on their talent pipeline." - Adam Stanley, Chief Technology Officer, Aon Corporation

Most Useful For

  • Senior leaders who want to know the practical steps they can take today to improve the impact of their talent management practices, programs, and processes.
  • Human resource managers who need useful tools and frameworks to collaborate more effectively with line executives on talent issues.
  • Middle managers challenged with solving talent management issues for their immediate team, while also preparing for positions in senior leadership.

The Executive Guide to High-Impact Talent Management helps you take concrete steps that will ensure a ready workforce and leadership team. It shows time-starved executives how to translate their beliefs in the importance of investing in people into concrete actions that will improve business performance today!


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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • The New Role for Leaders in Managing Talent
  • An Executive Framework for Talent Management
  • Aligning Talent Investments to Support Business Strategy
  • Prioritizing Talent Management Risks
  • Evaluating Existing Initiatives - What Role Does Culture Play?
  • Innovative Solutions: Recruiting, Retention, & the Role of Technology
  • Innovative Solutions: Accelerating Knowledge Transfer & Leadership Development
  • Creating Measures That Matter in Talent Management
  • Sponsorship, Urgency & Integration: The Executive’s Role in Producing Results
  • Managing Talent in the New Economy: Six Lessons From the Leading Edge
  • Appendix: A Checklist for the Effective Executive: Questions That Make a Difference in Managing Talent