The Talent Wave

Coaching and mentoring guru David Clutterbuck has been collecting research evidence for Talent and Succession Planning practices like nine-box grids, succession charts, 360-degree feedback and leadership competency frameworks. His latest book concludes: Many of them lack evidence or may even be damaging.

Professor Clutterbuck thinks this could explain why diversity at the bottom of organisations is not matched by diversity at the top. He asks: “If succession planning and talent management work, how come the wrong people so often get to the top?”

In this summary of his book The Talent Wave, he describes an approach that relies less on formal talent processes and more on equipping people to manage their own careers.

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