Best of September - Talent Edge Weekly - Issue #138

This issue covers 10 of the most popular articles from September. Topics range from 12 resources for CHROs, HR metrics, and indicators of talent hoarding, to name a few.

As we get ready to enter the month of October, I wanted to share this "Best of September" issue of Talent Edge Weekly.

This issue includes 10 of the most shared and viewed resources from the September issues of Talent Edge Weekly.

This "best of the month" format is slightly different than the regular weekly issue, in that the "best of" version provides a short description (instead of my full summary and perspective) of each resource. You can access the full summary and the source article/resource by clicking the hyperlinks.

If you find value in this issue or any of its resources, please share them with your network by using the social media icons or ‘share’ feature in the newsletter.

Enjoy the rest of the week and I look forward to sharing more ideas with you in the October issues of Talent Edge Weekly!


This one-page PDF includes links to 12 resources for Chief Human Resources Officers to leverage for various purposes—from transitioning to a new CHRO role, to developing an HR strategy, HR operating models, and talent questions the board of directors might ask.

Highlights a Talent Initiative Prioritization Matrix that helps HR Leaders and their teams effectively evaluate and prioritize talent initiatives. Other articles are included in this 50-page issue.

Shares three resources for generating ideas on integrating scenario planning into strategic workforce planning, including a one-page editable PDF to identify four “what-if” scenarios an organization might face in the future.

Includes 51 HR metrics and a brief description of each. I share a 16-page bonus resource that provides 100 talent and workforce questions (spanning 8 categories) that people analytics and HR metrics can be used to help answer.

An in-depth article that provides several ideas for operationalizing skills-based talent practices. One point made is that organizations are moving towards skills-based work models in one of three ways.

Provides four steps to break down roles into a group of tasks and analyze those tasks to determine the best workforce strategies. Offers criteria to assess a role’s “composability”—the degree to which it can be broken down into tasks.

While many organizations are trying to make the shift from role-based to skills-based workforce planning, roles will not go away entirely for most organizations. I highlight a seminal article, ("A Players” or “A Positions?: The Strategic Logic of Workforce Management”) that still has relevance in informing how organizations identify their critical roles.

Points out how high-performance organizations consistently leverage talent from 11 alternative sources. I provide 3 bonus reports that reinforce how firms can avoid overlooking non-obvious or “hidden” sources of talent.

I share a few indicators that might provide one measure of managers' tendency to hoard internal talent on their teams. Since many organizations have recurring manager capability-building sessions, these questions could possibly be integrated into a future discussion on internal talent sharing.

Covers three unintended consequences of pay transparency and provides suggestions on how to avoid these barriers. I provide a bonus article that shares how five organizations are approaching pay transparency.


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Talent Edge Weekly is a free weekly newsletter that brings together the best talent and strategic human resources insights from various sources. It is published every Sunday at 6PM EST.