Talent Management: Bridging the Gap
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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Talent Management TM is an important topic among senior Army leaders as the force adjusts to post-Iraq and Afghanistan operations. TM begins with the identification of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics KSAOs within the officer corps. Successful TM places officers in positions to leverage these KSAOs for the benefit of the Army and the officer. The ability to access, develop, employ, and retain the most talented officers in a fiscally-constrained environment is critical to the success of the Army. This thesis will look at challenges to implementing successful TM through a Requirements-Gaps-Solutions framework. The Requirements Section highlights Army senior leader guidance and institutional definitions for TM. The Gaps Section examines the distance between TM goals and current systems executing human resources HR in the Army. The primary gaps identified are definitive officer advancement requirements, the existing evaluation system, and officer management across multiple career fields, and the implications of the up-or-out career model. The Solutions Section proposes opportunities to bridge identified gaps and create a holistic talent management system where goals are supported by action. Ultimately, this thesis seeks to explore the implementation of a full-realized TM system and its implications for the future of the Army.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations