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Untapped Talent: Unleashing the Power of the Hidden Workforce Hardcover – April 30, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1137282224 ISBN-10: 1137282223

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (April 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1137282223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1137282224
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,171,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Untapped Talent is a must read for executives operating in global firms. It provides a fresh perspective on how organizations can gain competitive advantage through their workforce. Monroe challenges the tendency to divide our workforce into A and B players, developing the A's and ignoring the rest. The book provides a practical guide for leaders and companies that truly want to tap the full and often hidden potential of their workforces.' - David A. Thomas, Dean and William Berkley Professor, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

'Untapped Talent does a fantastic job of integrating the ideas of talent management, talent development, culture, and diversity to create a compelling and engaged workforce. Dani simplifies a complex set of ideas into a very intuitive approach to fostering a powerful organization. I've been waiting a long time for someone to eloquently marry these ideas together, and Dani nailed it.' - Kimberly Janson, VP, Global Leadership, Organizational Development & Diversity, H.J. Heinz

'Talent is the heart and soul of every successful business. It's hard for any leader to reconcile that 50-70% of their workers are disengaged and more than most are perplexed about what to do. Untapped Talent provides a brilliant road map for how to transform undervalued and unappreciated workers into your competitive advantage. A must read for any one in a management or leadership role who aspires to develop productive and happy people.' - Betsy Myers, Founding Director, Center for Women and Business, Bentley College

"Dani Monroe translates her real world experience into powerful and innovative insights that solve the biggest barriers to profitable growth—finding, motivating, and retaining talent. Untapped Talent is already in the cubicles, offices, and factories of my business." - Law Burks, VP & General Manager, ITW Medical Products

'Dani Monroe effectively combines research, case studies, story telling, practical tools, and knowledge in this incredibly rich guide for recognizing and leveraging the untapped talent that surrounds us in business and in our everyday lives. Untapped Talent will be an invaluable resource for all who read it.' - Leslie Mays, VP Global Diversity and Inclusion, Avon

'Untapped Talent is a refreshing read that provides extremely relevant ideas about how today's businesses need to pursue talent in all directions. This new thinking will change the game for businesses that sometimes struggle to engage a qualified and capable team.' - Mike Thompson, CEO, SVI

'If you are a company leader building a team and developing untapped talent, or, an individual trying to succeed on your own in corporate America, this insightful, engrossing, one-of-a kind book is perfect for you. The candid, compelling, real life stories make the author's points in an entertaining and memorable way.' - Frank X. McCarthy, President, Diverse Workplace, Inc.

'Dani Monroe provides a voice of wisdom that rings unmistakably from a commitment to growing people, leaders, and organizations. The conversation about what it takes and the need to have solid global leaders is growing and is paramount in today's competitive market. Dani's insights into inclusion, talent engagement, and corporate culture lay a pragmatic and inviting path for anyone that wants to develop and grow its workforce.' - Amri Johnson, Director Diversity & Inclusion, Novartis Institute Biomedical Research

About the Author

Dani Monroe is president and founder of Center Focus International. In her 20 years of diversity and organizational change work she has developed a keen understanding of their relationship to an organization's bottom line. Her expertise is to connect diversity and organizational change to that bottom line so that both individuals and the organization benefit.

Dani has authored numerous articles for many publications, including Diversity Inc.'s online magazine, Black Enterprise, and Banker & Tradesman. She co-authored the chapter, Managing the Complexity of Organizational Transformation, for the book Transforming Work, by John Adams. She has been featured in the Boston Business Journal, and was awarded the prestigious YWCA Academy of Women Achievers Award in 2000.

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By gdwdd on October 8, 2013
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We can't always have superstar employees. We have to actually manage sometimes. This book gives powerful insights on how to get the most out of employees. It also gives quite practical guidance. I've read several books in the field, including "One Minute Manager". I find this book on par with all of them.
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The title of this book is sufficiently vague to evoke several questions and suggest all manner of interpretations. Is talent untapped or underdeveloped? Is it unleashed by someone else or by those who possess it? Is it hidden or unrecognized? The answer to each of these questions is "yes."

Now more than ever before, few organizations have the talent needed at all levels and in all areas of the given operation. Many (most?) of them lack the resources to hire the talent needed so they are challenged to develop it but first they need to identify the high potentials. According to Dani Monroe, for whatever reasons, "untapped talent becomes invisible and unrecognized or undervalued and minimized." I agree with Darrell Royal that "potential" means "you ain't done it yet" but Royal was an exceptionally astute judge of talent when recruiting players for his University of Texas football teams.

Monroe wrote this book to serve three separate but related, interdependent purposes: To help her readers gain a much better understanding of untapped talent and why it exists; then in Part II, she examines specific areas in which supervisors can have a direct and substantial impact by "mining and refining talent"; finally, in Part III, she examines characteristics she's identified as "essential in great leaders as it applies to untapped talent." It is worth noting that throughout history, all of the greatest leaders have had a "green thumb" for "growing" the people they need to achieve the given objective.

These are among the dozens of passages that caught my eye, also listed to indicate the scope of Monroe's coverage.
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5* book is very inspiring for all to read.
I love the writing style and the message behind it. When you begin to read the book you will begin to transform your inner gifts and talents. I'm on page 9, so that should tell you something.

Keep you posted :-) Once I finish reading the book.
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