Four stage approach to organizational talent development (part 1)

Colin Newbold (Founder and Director of The Learning Curve Ltd, Bells Yew Green, UK)

Industrial and Commercial Training

ISSN: 0019-7858

Publication date: 7 September 2010



This paper aims to explain a proven systematic approach to organizational talent development (OTD).


The work of psychology‐based consultancy The Learning Curve (TLC), their four‐stage process, and two case studies are used as a basis to demonstrate the importance of a sequential plan to develop talent inside an organization.


Productivity and profit increase in organizations that embrace a systematic approach to talent development.

Practical implications

Many of the methods employed by TLC have led to engagement and retention of the best staff among clients, who go on to sustain the talent development in cost‐effective ways.


The paper takes a holistic look at the challenge of engaging and retaining good staff, while recognizing the importance of budgetary and resource constraints as the UK slowly comes out of recession.



Newbold, C. (2010), "Four stage approach to organizational talent development (part 1)", Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 42 No. 6, pp. 296-302.

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