The three questions to which leaders in the public service and business sector always demand concrete answers are: “What is talent really?”, “How does one recognise talent and assess accurately whether a candidate has the talent to become a successful director-general, managing director, engineering manager, principal architect or talk-show host?”, and “How does one help a young person to become a successful entrepreneur, engineer, architect or professional artist, sportsman, politician and thus reduce unemployment?”

These questions were the inspiration for the research for this book. My research led me to a fresh understanding of talent and its anatomy and of how it should be managed to maximise its impact on individual and institutional success. It turned out that talent is a person’s ability to arouse the emotions of others, that it consists of several parts, and that talent management has to be practised as a deliberate professional craft to liberate and maximise a person’s talent. Talent management empowers people to gain personal mastery in those skills and virtues that nourish their truest interest, feelings of personal fulfillment and ability to arouse emotion.

The content of this book will enable people who are passionate about talent to develop the ability to recognise talent and to identify and cultivate the key components of human talent – people’s potency, truest interest, natural skill and virtue intelligence. The book will provide spiritual support to leaders, managers, educators, parents and practitioners in managing the talent under their watch and thus help their protégés experience fulfilling lives and successful business pursuits.

Deliberate talent management frees individuals to pursue and experience life as a rainbow of parallel streams, with exciting contests in which talent provides the amazing ability and leverage to conquer any number and variety of life’s contests. Talent management has vibrated as an art in the secret chambers of the universal human mind for many centuries, resulting in several cycles of discovery, enlightenment and excitement over thousands of years. The mission of institutional talent management is to secure future skills for the value chains of industries and social services.

This book provides the architecture for a talent management regime and culture that inspires natural achievers and leaders.

The book explores the six critical performance areas of the talent management process i.e.:

  • talent creation
  • calibration
  • cultivation
  • leverage
  • caring
  • coaching

Talent Management helps the readers to succeed in a fulfilling career.