Thursday, March 7, 2019

“Doing talent management right ensures alignment between the individual’s professional development requirements with the future needs of the Army.”
– Lt. Col. Rob McNellis –

Talent management is a constant challenge and the U.S. Army is not exempt from the struggle. Lt. Col McNellis believes that three practices undermine the U.S. Army’s talent management efforts with young officers. They are:

1. Misplaced emphasis on maximizing a new leader’s time as a platoon leader versus expertise in staff positions.
2. Reluctance to allow young leaders to learn via action as opposed to observation.
3. Emphasizing tenure instead of merit.

This analysis has lessons for the private sector, too, and I encourage you to Click here to learn about the four changes McNellis believes will create more effective talent management.