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Why is the issue of ‘high-potential’ employees so critical?

In certain organisations, the issue of identifying high-potential employees – or 'high potentials' – is very emotive because when you label someone as a high potential, you subject them to a number of consequences. For example, you run the risk of alienating them from their peers or could even (effectively) be putting a target on their backs – from a competitive point of view – if this information is made public. It's tragic that when identifying high potentials, organisations often overlook these unintended consequences. Why?


Talent mapping: How to navigate your workforce

Talent mapping

Talent mapping is a formalised process of aligning the talent on hand to the talent required to meet business strategy and goals. This means that it's an excellent method of talent planning. Talent managers need to focus their efforts on aligning talent management with strategic planning to see increasingly greater value in talent mapping. However, creating a comprehensive and value-generating talent plan is not for the faint-hearted and requires a lot of research and smarts.


How to win the talent war

Three billion unskilled and semi-skilled workers around the world are jobless. A mammoth 1.5 billion jobs need to be created globally for the world to win the war against unemployment. This was the message from the 30th International Pan Pacific Business Conference which was hosted by the University of Johannesburg (UJ) earlier this year.


People: Greatest asset or biggest headache?

A people problem triple whammy has hit some of South Africa’s blue chip companies hard this year -and one expert says this could worsen in 2013.