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“Of the new business books that came out in 2010, this one stands head and shoulders above the rest.” - HR Professional

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"Twenty years of adding bells and whistles to talent management have left many businesses with bloated processes that promise much yet deliver little.  Effron and Ort set forth a simple yet powerful approach to drive results."
- Kevin Cox, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, American Express

"Research shows that effective talent management systems can help to create substantial shareholder wealth, yet designing and implementing them is a significant managerial challenge.  This book delivers a research-based and practical approach."
- Mark Huselid, Professor HR Strategy, Rutgers University, and coauthor of The HR Scorecard, The Workforce Scorecard, and The Differentiated Workforce

"The OPTM processes wil surely bring a smile to the face of the CEO who is asked about the role of HR in maximizing people potential.  A must-read."
- P. V. Ramana Murthy, Vice President, Coca-Cola (India)

"In today's global economic environment, high-impact, game-changing talent practices are critical.  One Page Talent Management hits the mark with a practical, targeted road map.  This stuff works, and you will use it!"
- Mary Eckenrod, Vice President, Global Talent Management, RIM, and former Board Chair, Human Resource Planning Society

"The most practical and powerful book I have seen about talent management in the last ten years.  I highly recommend it to any business leader or HR professional looking to really grow great talent and high-performing organizations today."
- Kevin D. Wilde, Vice President, Organization Effectiveness and Chief Learning Officer, General Mills, Inc.

"Most companies have complex, ineffective talent management processes that are a lot of work and of little value.  One Page Talent Management will show you how to build talent faster and better than your competitors."
- Jim Shanley, Leadership Development Executive, Bank of America (retired)

"Effron and Ort provide a clear road map -- simplicity, accountability, and transparency -- to building the level of leadership that makes a company truly great."
- Keith Ferrazzi, bestselling author of Who's Got Your Back and Never Eat Alone

"The most practical and useful book in this field! It provides straightforward, proven approaches that actually work in the real world."
- Marshall Goldsmith, bestselling author of Mojo and What Got You Here Won't Get You There

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press; 1 edition (May 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1422166732
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422166734
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The claim by Marc Effron and Miriam Ort that they offer "the most powerful" processes that create successful talent is, at best, debatable. However, they do recommend a three-step process by which to increase value while reducing complexity of talent practices by integrating behavioral science, simplicity, accountability, and transparency within those practices. This process is eminently sensible but, of course, its effectiveness depends almost entirely on how well it is planned, executed, and then sustained by those who adopt it. Effron and Ort duly note, "Because talent practices work only if they are implemented, ensuring successful implementation must be a primary goal."

Most change initiatives fail, many if them the result of cultural barriers that James O'Toole so aptly characterizes as "the ideology of comfort and the tyranny of custom." Changing talent practices is certain to create resistance. Effron and Ort identify four talent-building barriers: (1) reluctance to eliminate needless complexity, (2) inability to create value, (3) unwillingness to stay current with cutting-edge research, and (4) reluctance to be transparent and accountable. The material provided is based on four assumptions with which I wholly agree: the available and relevant science works, only effective implementation matters, managers want to succeed, and finally, transparency and accountability guarantee results. OPTM can generate verifiable evidence to support these assumptions and thereby eliminate the aforementioned barriers.

With regard to the significance of "one page," Effron and Ort realize that the key form or process for every talent practice can be reduced to only a single page.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jack Prohens on May 17, 2010
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After 18 years in the Workforce solutions field I have finally found a book on Talent management that made sense. One page is a refreshing departure from the same old. This book is filled with great ideas that I have been able to utilize right away in my business practices. Must buy if you are looking for immediate ideas and solutions to your companies workforce solutions
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gabor Nagy on March 5, 2013
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I am a Talent Management consultant with ten years experience with competency models/assessment tools/assessment centers/training. Among all the books I read, I find this book the most practical and thought provoking in the same time. Inspired by the book, I have redesigned our engagement survey, and I am redesigning our 360 tool according to the principles recommended by Effron and Ort. I always believed in manager friendly solutions, and the book gave excellent ideas how to improve my tools. Great ideas also around implementation and driving accountability. I also highly appreciate the concise style and the clear stand of the authors on many controversial issues. I highly recommend the book for consultants, HR/OD professionals, and high level managers who really care about talent. I believe reading the book will inspire many to change things around their talent management practices. My only warning would be not COPY/PASTE every specific suggestion as it is recommended, even though it is based on research, because some may not be suitable in all companies. For example, the authors recommend the manager should set the target for the employee instead of participatory goal setting. That works in general, but only if the manager truly understands the context of the employee's work, which is not always the case, e.g. in virtual teams, cross-border operations, complex technical work, etc. Or if you start from scratch, and your managers' soft skills are low, implement the practices one-by-one, not at once. So use the principles with judgement - but do use them! All in all, a truly remarkable book that has the potential to "change the world" of talent management in many companies.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By voirdire on June 26, 2010
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With all the complexity about talent, this book is a pleasant reprieve! What a wonderful want to show how to actually make talent happen in a simple and straightforward way. This book can be useful for anyone interested in upgrading their talent. The ideas are clear, the tools useful, and the application evident. What a wonderful job.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By organguy on April 25, 2011
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This is an excellent introduction to all aspects of talent management and is notable for its mantra of simplicity and transparency. In a field where complex forms and onerous bureaucratic processes seem to be the norm, this book is a breath of fresh air. The approach is to look at what positive, meaningful goals you are really trying to achieve and then find the simplest and most effective ways to get there. There's extensive use of research results but not in a way that's just one more ivory tower theory translated into more complex forms and processes no-one would actually ever use----everything suggested is very practical. As a manager myself, I have personally put in practice many of the ideas in this book and brought the knowledge gained into the wider organization I work for. Whatever level of application of the ideas one might carry out, just reading and absorbing what this book has to say will make you think about management at a much more mature level.
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