Noteworthy Reads on Global Talent Development

Posted on June 19, 2017

Noteworthy Reads on Global Talent Development

Blog: Top Five Staff Picks- Noteworthy reads on global talent development

Thanks to the expertise and experience of our employees, we’ve curated a monthly collection of note-worthy, thought-provoking content such as articles, books, podcasts and more. Each month we’ll share novel content in areas related to global talent development, such as global leadership, inclusion & diversity, cultural agility, teaming effectiveness, and much more.

This month we’ve included content from a variety of topics, including leadership, inclusion & diversity and global mindset development.


How Leaders Inspire: Cracking the Code

Bain & Company
Mark Horwitch & Meredith Whipple Callahan

“This article introduces a data backed survey by Bain into the attributes of Inspirational Leadership. Surprisingly, Centeredness was the most important attribute, one desired by all employees. Centeredness is the nexus of the other 32 elements and a mandatory skill. I like the four simple categories: Developing Inner Resources, Connecting with Others, Setting the Tone and Leading the Team. The 32 other traits are what organizations talk about today. These are succinctly categorised and I appreciated the simplicity/clarity.” Mui Hwa Ng, Director of Consulting, Asia-Pacific


The Business Logic in Debiasing

McKinsey & Company
Tobias Baer, Sven Heiligtag & Hamid Samandari

“The authors of this article proposed several “pragmatic solutions” to eliminate bias – use a neutral fact base, engage a challenger to confront biasing behavior, textual analysis, benchmarking – that are helpful but misses the psychological and emotional causes of bias. Although I disagree that “mental processes can be reset to a bias-free state,” I find this article a good attempt to build a business case for eliminating bias.”Janet Mi, Director of Consulting, APAC


Outliers: The Story of Success

Little, Brown & Company
Malcolm Gladwell

“In this book, Malcolm Gladwell explores the many factors and commonalities of individuals who are considered successful – from the month they were born, to where they grew up, to their cultural heritage, etc. I especially appreciated how Gladwell introduces Hofstede and cultural dimensions as key component to productive cockpit communication, and unfortunately, how when cultural misunderstandings take place they can lead to tragedy.”Derice Darlington, Manager, Web Tools Marketing Group


Implicit Bias: Is Everyone Racist?

BBC News
David Edmonds

“Edmonds breaks down implicit bias, how it’s measured and what, if anything, can be done about it. I like that Edmonds really challenges the assumptions of implicit bias.”Adwoa Osei, Senior Global Account Manager


Companies Are Bad at Identifying High-Potential Employees

Harvard Business Review
Jack Zenger & Joseph Folkman

“This article highlights the challenges that frequently exists within the selection process for HiPo programs. While the referenced study shows that selection processes may need changes, all is not lost, as long as you can find the appropriate development program to address (leadership) deficiencies among HiPo groups. “Peter Kristensson, Director of Consulting, APAC


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