Developing Future Leaders with Talent Pools

November 16th, 2016

With thousands of baby boomers entering retirement each day, organizations are understandably looking for ways to retain and develop promising talent with future leadership potential. Along with the mass exodus of a vital part of the workforce, a potential wealth of knowledge is poised to leave along with them—and companies must find a way to transfer that knowledge to new and up-and-coming employees.

An effective talent strategy is necessary to keep an organization’s hiring processes running smoothly. Whether you are planning to replace an employee with a new hire or promote within the company, certain roles and responsibilities are better served when groomed from within the organization. This is especially true if the company can’t find qualified candidates to fill a vacancy or when the need for company-specific knowledge outweighs the value of bringing in a more qualified outside hire.

Internal development strategies that satisfy both the need to identify and notify applicable succession candidates can be challenging for even the most innovative talent acquisition teams. Talent pools can provide an effective solution when an organization isn’t in a position to single out any one employee as a future leader, or perhaps wants to build a talent pipeline outside of the business to be ready for future needs.

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Talent pools can be comprised of high-potential employees who are being conditioned to take on more responsibilities and higher-level projects within the company, or talent identified from other companies who would be potential high value hires in the future. High-performing employees are fully engaged employees who embrace the corporate culture and constantly strive to perform their duties at a top-level.  These employees might also be considered high-potential employees who have expressed an interest in advancing within the organization along with possessing certain competencies and values that the organization desires in their leaders.

Talent pools help organizations prepare for succession by allowing the organization to develop a talent group made up of multiple promising individuals. If an organization is unsure about where or when it will have the need for future leaders, a talent pool affords the option of keeping a group of high-performing, high-potential employees ready for deployment should the need arise, or reach out to identified talent to field future interest in your company.

From an employee’s perspective, being part of a talent pool can be a reassuring step toward career advancement. Employees at this level know they are valued, they feel confident that they have a future with the company, and they are rewarded with the knowledge that their employer is consciously investing in their future leadership potential.

If your organization isn’t ready to start pinning down succession prospects, implementing a talent pool can be a great way to develop multiple skills in diverse groups of promising employees. While some staffing vacancies can be effectively filled by recruiting new talent, identified outside of the company, the future of the company’s leadership can also be successful by investing in high-performing and high-potential internal talent for future promotion.

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