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Talent: The Other 8 Boxes – Duncan Targett
Episode 8311th July 2024 • Beyond The Water Cooler • Lisa LLoyd
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Are you looking to develop tomorrow's leaders to be able to take the business into a different place from where it is today? Or, are you looking for future leaders who most closely resemble those in leadership positions now? 

That's a great question that Duncan Targett, my guest on this episode of the podcast, asks when we discuss talent.

And who can resist talking with someone whose surname lends itself so brilliantly to the name of his company, On Targett Consulting?!!

The conversation is spot on, helping listeners think about how your company sets itself apart from others. 

We dive into the much maligned 9-box grid to map talent, and Duncan explains how the bedrock of company success is not found in the box that you might think!

He also asks us to consider the all important question: Do people want to develop? It sounds obvious but when did you last ask that of your people? Are opportunities in your organisation based on assumptions? Or are those opportunities even present?

If you're anything to do with talent development, business planning, strategy, L&D, management or leadership, this is for you! 

More about Duncan:

Duncan Targett is a Talent Development expert who has worked internationally and consulted at C-level, across multiple industries for the world’s biggest global brands (PepsiCo, Disney, Sportradar and dunnhumby) and has the rare combination of HR and commercial experience.

He works with organisations to develop Talent Development strategies that drive high-performance, enable talent & succession planning and focused L&D.

Links to contact Duncan:

LinkedIn: Duncan Targett


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