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Let’s Talk Talent

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Understanding the line manager’s role in effective talent management

Half Day Course

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  • How to identify talent
  • Conducting a ‘Career Health’ audit
  • Holding formal Career Conversations


Talent Management is more than just leadership development and succession planning. It is a systematic and joined up approach to: attracting, retaining and developing the ‘brightest and best’ people in a business to help the organisation achieve its goals. At the line management level this means being able to contribute to the talent process by understanding what talent looks like within the organisation and bringing ‘A’ players to the attention of the senior team. It also means being able to hold ‘coaching conversations’ with high potential staff and to find ways to develop them, while making sure that people who are not identified as talent remain positive and motivated.

Who should attend?

This course is for all managers and leaders who wish to make a success of developing the pool of talented people within their department or function.

Learning objectives

By attending this highly interactive and practical half-day course you will:

  • Understand how performance differs from potential
  • Appreciate what constitutes the ‘talent pool’
  • Learn how to participate in developing the talent pool
  • Explore possible career strategies open to individuals
  • Handle ‘career dialogue’ conversations, confidentially, with key staff


How to identify talent

Gaining an understanding of the criteria used to define talent within the organisation and how to rate employees using these criteria, with particular emphasis on gaining objective evidence.

  • Having a clear Talent Definition
  • Developing a rigorous assessment process
  • Following through on the assessment

Exercise: factors that highlight potential

Career Development Strategies

Developing a Career has a number of underlying principles or concepts that need to be understood if success is to be achieved in terms of (i) grasping development opportunities and (ii) winning promotions.

  • Benefits of Career Coaching
  • Career Health Activities
  • Career Development Options

Exercise: conducting a career health audit

Career Coaching

In the context of the Leader or Manager as Career Coach, the key skill is to be facilitative enough to ‘open up’ the employee in order to better understand his/her personal and career development objectives; while also helping the individual assess his/her objectives against the needs of the organisation.

  • Career Coaching Bene
  • The UDS Career Coaching Technique

Exercise: identifying development opportunities

The Formal Career Conversation

The Career Conversation is a structured, focused conversation to share the career interests, needs, ambitions and aspirations of the employee. It typically takes place once a year, as part of the Annual Performance Review process, and all employees, regardless of whether or not they will eventually be part of the talent pool, are, in the interests of fairness, entitled to have one.

  • Why formal Career Conversations matter
  • Understand the Career Conversation format

Exercise: practice running a ‘Career Conversation’ meeting



Feedback is based upon peer review using Boulden assessment checklists. Completing the assessment checklists is not only valuable to the people involved in a given role play or case study, it also helps those completing them to gain an in-depth understanding of the building blocks that make up effective Talent Management techniques.

Remote Training

All of our workshops can be delivered as Remote Training via e-learning modules plus Zoom based virtual workshops. Please see our Virtual Training page for more information.


Further information on this course is available by contacting
Boulden Management Consultants:
via our Contact form
Tel: 0844 394 8877