In one month high divers from around the world will be competing at the summer Olympics in Rio. If I was one of those divers I would hope that the leaders in Rio have done the work needed to build deep pools, even though these Olympics are facing budget, political, economic, environmental and workplace challenges.
Our organizations also need deep pools of talent to be successful when facing a future of changing demographics, fluid governmental demands, volatile customer expectations and a diminishing workforce. Creating individual development plans (IDPs) and continually developing your own people helps leaders fill their talent pools and keep their people engaged with the organization.
Paula Asinof, a leadership consultant, provides tips on how to use IDPs to fill your talent pool in her article, IDPs: Talent Development’s Superglue, in the January 2016 TD magazine.
- Start with a gap analysis and ask each employee:
- where are your talents now?
- what talents need to be developed or do you want to develop?
- Craft only one to three goals based on the answers (see previous post on SIMple Goals)
- Utilize a wide range of development opportunities:
- on-the-job experience
- development-focused work assignmnets
- interim assignments
- temporary assignmnets
- Focus on outcomes and provide regular check-ins
Overall the IDPs you develop with your people need to be simple, clear and realistic. It isn’t the Olympics but a deep talent pool can help you win during challenging times.