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Selecting and developing talent: an alternetive approach

Terry Lunn (Managing director of Talent+ (UK), an organization specializing in the selection and development of talented employees. A Visiting Fellow at the University of Bradford Management Centre, he is a regular contributor to the Sunday Times and Yorkshire Post. His latest book, The Talent Factor, is published by Kogan Page. He may be contacted at Talent+ (UK) Ltd, Burn View House, Malthouse Lane, Burn Bridge, Harrogate HG3 1PD. Tel: 01423 879096; Fax: 01423 871697.)

Management Development Review

ISSN: 0962-2519

Article publication date: 1 February 1995



To be competitive in the future, companies will need to achieve three times the productivity with only one third of the number of people. Organizations must appreciate the increases in profit and productivity that can accrue from selecting and recruiting talented performers. The system of structured interviews, which enables interviewers to identify to what degree individual applicants possess the required characteristics, is being increasingly used. This system may considerably reduce staff turnover. Training should not be a Pavlovian reflex to every problem the organization encounters; people cannot be trained to be what they are not. Training refines and develops talent; it does not create it.



Lunn, T. (1995), "Selecting and developing talent: an alternetive approach", Management Development Review, Vol. 8 No. 1, pp. 7-10.




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