- Paperback: 102 pages
- Publisher: Human Capital Media Press (2011)
- ISBN-10: 9780983371205
- ISBN-13: 978-0983371205
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From left to right, front to back and side to side, General Mills Chief Learning Officer Kevin Wilde has made moves all over the talent management field. In this insightful book, the award-winning development leader and Talent Management columnist shares the 25 talent lessons he has learned in his 30-year career in four parts: ? Learning strategies ? Executive development ? HR excellence ? Talent management Pick up this book, get ready to tango and learn the 25 talent moves that matter now. ******************************************** Reviews "Kevin Wilde has a unique and invaluable view of how to understand and manage talent." - Dave Ulrich, Professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, author of the bestseller HR Champions and HR Transformation "Leaders will find these dance steps are practical ways to get their talent troupe making magic." - John Boudreau, Professor, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, author of Retooling HR and Beyond HR: The New Science of Human Capital
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Before joining General Mills, Wilde spent 17 years at General Electric in a variety of human resources positions in the healthcare and capital divisions, as well as corporate assignments at GE's renowned Crotonville management development center.
Kevin delivered the opening keynote a few weeks ago at Zenger Folkman's Leadership Summit in Park City, Utah. He inspired us with key learning and research from General Mills' decade of leadership development work with Zenger Folkman. Kevin mentioned that he asked Joe Folkman to do a study of ZF's Extraordinary Leader database for them focused on key competencies for Human Resource leaders. As you'd hope, Interpersonal or people skills were the strongest areas. However, Drive for Results and Strategic Perspective were often low and even in fatal flaw territory for too many HR leaders.
We all received a copy of Kevin's succinct and practical book, Dancing with the Talent Stars: 25 Moves That Matter Now. The book is divided into four parts; Talent Management, Learning Strategies, Executive Development, and HR Excellence. Kevin condenses his extensive experience and shows how he built such a strong track record in producing results with a strategic HR perspective. Dancing with the Talent Stars provides 25 chapters of bite-sized executive summaries that can be easily read in any order.
Kevin's book is filled with many how-to steps, checklists, and bulleted idea menus. Here's his "High-Five List to build star quality talent in an organization:"
1. Sponsors who matter - "identify the pro-talent members of the line management staff and cultivate strong relationships"
2. A strategic forum to talk talent - "The aim is to create a strong process that integrates business planning routines with a respected and impactful practice. These sessions have three tangible outcomes:
i. Firmly link the business plans with the human capital capabilities necessary
ii. Judge the health of the talent pipeline
iii. Accelerate the development of potential star talent"
3. 160-proof rum and shark repellent - "resiliency is a prime characteristic of any successful talent champion."
4. Strong external network and partners - "I've often leveraged the strong and credible voice of outside experts to help influence line managers or existing HR leaders."
5. Performance management systems that align - "introduction of a new leadership competency model for training does limited good unless the staffing, measurement and reward systems are also adjusted to the new thinking."
Kevin has playfully formatted his leadership development digest with dance metaphors often starting each chapter and summarizing with Next Steps and Your Next Move. Dance through his handy playbook to align your leadership stars and make your move to higher performance!
If you want to develop the the talent in your organization and are looking for tips from a real pro, this book is for you. I highly recommend it!
As an employee, it allowed me to frame my own training and education within the context of my career growth.
Professional development, positioning yourself to grow as an individual contributor AND a manager, makes all the difference. Whether you're working in a small office or in a large organization, buy and read this book to gain insights that Kevin Wilde shares after more than 30 years "in the game."
I read the "hard copy" version of the book when I first got it and have had on my desk here in the office ever since.
I meet with senior managers, working with them as an executive coach and performance advisor. Encouraging individuals and building teams is easier when you know the steps to take, the situations to watch out for, and the changes to make. In this book, Kevin gives us ideas for all of those! Pick an idea from such themes as:
For many people working today, reaching the next level of success and profitability depends on the willingness of each person to work toward a common and clear vision. In one of my favorite chapters is #14, "Is This Leading Somewhere?"
There, Kevin talks the different "versions" "rules" and "types" of leadership. At the end of the chapter, he reminds us that leadership is complex, and demands more study. And, above all else, "leadership needs to be practical."
Reflecting back on the overall message of the book, that there are steps to practice to become a better talent manager, this book offers practical, useful and sustainable ideas that make a real difference.