“AHA Moments in Talent Management” by Mark Allen

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AHA Moments in Talent Management: A Business Fable With Practical Exercises

by Mark Allen

ASTD Press, August 2014

168 pages


5 stars: Stop what you're doing and read this book!Disclosure: I saw an early version of the first chapter of this book and encouraged Mark to finish the book and then eagerly awaited its publication.

Allen has written a fable about the process of hiring, developing, retaining, and creating a culture that not only says, “People are our most valuable asset,” but shows how to put action behind those words. The book is based on 13 Talent Management Principles.

Full of wisdom, practical insights, and how-tos the book is told in an engaging story format. We follow Maria Green the newly hired CPO of Capital View, a large consulting organization, as she uses each of the 13 talent management principles to train her CEO and company leadership on how to better engage their talent. Each chapter is dedicated to how she addresses problems that are common to organizations and offers the key principle for resolving each one. At the end of each chapter there is an “Organizational Assessment” and “Questions for Personal Reflection” that can be used to assist your organization on how to address the highlighted principle of the chapter.

One of the first issues Allen addresses is my own pet peeve (and perhaps those of others), which is the term “human resources.” Personally, I like to think of myself as a person with skills, talents, emotions, intellect, and even baggage that I bring to an organization, rather than a resource the organization has acquired like a drum of oil or a factory machine.

The concepts in this book are easy to digest, the format provides the reader with an example for incorporating the principles into the workplace, and the story is engaging. It’s a quick read and well worth the time for anyone interested in developing the talent in their organization.

About the Author(s)

Nancy Ellen Dodd, MPW, MFA, serves as academic editor of the "Graziadio Business Review." Her book on creative writing, "The Writer's Compass: From Story Map to Finished Draft in 7 Stages," was published by Writer's Digest Books in June 2011. She also served as editor of Marshall, a USC academic/alumni magazine, and started the Marshall Review, an online journal for the Marshall School of Business at USC. More than 135 of her articles have been published in local and national publications. Dodd received her master's in Professional Writing from USC with a concentration in screenwriting and an MFA in playwriting at the USC School of Theatre. Ms. Dodd also teaches screenwriting as an adjunct faculty in Seaver College at Pepperdine University.


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