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The Talent Development Platform: Putting People First in Social Change Organizations

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Putting People First in Social Change Organizations

The Talent Development Platform is about results driven talent development for social change. Written by seasoned nonprofit experts, this book provides a holistic process for creating an in-house training and talent development program. The Talent Development Platform offers organizations the tools for ensuring their professional development systems are successful through regular feedback loops, tailored for learning styles, and specific to their organization. Detailed case studies provide insight into the strategies used by organizations that have implemented the Talent Development Platform, and interviews with experts in the field give readers a handle on the most current thinking. Robust resource guides facilitate the talent development process, and online access to the Talent Development Platform and assessments help streamline the workflow.

Social change organizations make the most of limited resources, but often overlook developing the talent they already have. This book gives readers a plan for finding and nurturing their internal talent to reduce turnover and improve organizational efficiency. More specifically the book helps organizations:

  • Develop organizational, department, and position specific competencies.

  • Create and revise job descriptions.

  • Assess staff and volunteer proficiency levels with created competencies.

  • Determine staff and volunteer learning styles.

  • Establish professional development goals and objectives tied to strategic goals.

  • Implement professional development with on the job learning, mentoring, and training.

  • Calculate a return on talent investment.

  • Evaluate talent development implementation and proficiency level changes.

  • Implementing the Talent Development Platform provides organizations with tangible benefits in the form of lower turnover and greater output (without the burnout) from employees and volunteers, as well as intangible benefits that make organizations more attractive to top talent.

    Table of Contents

    1. Title Page
    2. Copyright
    3. The Jossey-Bass Nonprofit Guidebook Series
    4. Other Titles in the Jossey-Bass Guidebook Series
    5. List of Tables, Figures, and Exhibits
      1. Tables
      2. Figures
      3. Exhibits
    6. Foreword
    7. Preface
    8. Acknowledgments
    9. About the Authors
    10. Introduction
      1. Make the Investment Now
      2. Social Change Organizations
      3. Professional Development for Changemakers
      4. Who Is This Book For?
      5. Focusing on Four Types of Organizations
      6. What Is This Book About?
      7. Terms Used in This Book
    11. Chapter 1: Why Talent Development?
      1. The Case for Talent Development in Social Change
      2. The Return on Your Investment
      3. How Adults Learn and Why It Matters
      4. The Talent Development Platform Overview
      5. Creating an Effective Talent Development System
      6. Conclusion
    12. Chapter 2: The Organizational Learning Assessment
      1. Creation of the Organizational Learning Assessment
      2. The Importance of Being Ready
      3. Why Organizational
      4. Benefits of the Assessment
      5. Administering the Assessment
      6. Scoring the Assessment
      7. What If You Aren't Ready?
      8. The Organizational Learning Assessment in Practice
      9. Conclusion
    13. Chapter 3: Social Change Competencies
      1. What Are Competencies and Why Are They Important?
      2. Our Competency Development Process
      3. The Ten Core Social Change Competencies
      4. Creating Sub-competencies for Your Organization
      5. Conclusion
    14. Chapter 4: Creating Job Descriptions
      1. Conclusion
    15. Chapter 5: Mapping Competencies and Proficiency Levels to Job Descriptions
      1. The Importance of Accurate Job Descriptions
      2. Proficiency Level Descriptions and Action Words
      3. The Proficiency Mapping Process
      4. Revising Job Descriptions
      5. Proficiency Mapping in Practice
      6. Resources
      7. Conclusion
    16. Chapter 6: The Individual Professional Development Assessment
      1. About the Individual Professional Development Assessment
      2. Administering the Assessment
      3. Interpreting IPDA Results and Creating the Talent Map
      4. Reviewing and Interpreting IPDA Results
      5. The Talent Map and IPDA in Practice
      6. Conclusion
    17. Chapter 7: The Individual Learning Styles Assessment
      1. About the Individual Learning Styles Assessment
      2. Benefits of Administering the Individual Learning Styles Assessment
      3. Administering the Individual Learning Styles Assessment
      4. The Individual Learning Styles Assessment
      5. The Learning Styles Assessment in Practice
      6. Conclusion
    18. Chapter 8: Developing Organizational Goals and Setting Objectives
      1. Preparing for Goal Setting
      2. The Ground Rules
      3. Reviewing Strategic Goals and Setting Professional Development Goals
      4. Structuring Objectives for Each Realm of Learning
      5. Professional Development and Training
      6. Departmental Professional Development Objectives
      7. Finalizing Your Talent Development Platform
      8. Goals and Objectives in Practice
      9. Conclusion
    19. Chapter 9: Setting Individual Goals and Objectives
      1. Preparing for Individual Goal Setting
      2. Setting Individual Goals and Objectives
      3. Analyzing the IPDA and ILSA Prior to Goal Setting
      4. Connecting Learning Activities to Goals and Objectives
      5. Meeting with Supervisees
      6. Finalizing Individual Talent Development Platforms
      7. Individual Goals and Objectives in Practice
      8. Conclusion
    20. Chapter 10: Implementing the Plan
      1. Implementation Best Practices
      2. Resources and Tools for Implementation
      3. Overcoming Barriers to Implementation
      4. Implementation in Practice
      5. Conclusion
    21. Chapter 11: Organizational Evaluation and Performance Assessment
      1. The Evaluation Process
      2. Reassessing Your Talent Map
      3. Resetting Professional Development Goals
      4. Assessing the Talent Development Process
      5. Calculating Your Return on Investment
      6. Evaluation in Practice
      7. Conclusion
    22. Guide 1: Third-Party Professional Development Options
    23. Guide 2: Talent Investing: Raising and Granting Funds to Develop Social Change Leadership: Raising and Granting Funds to Develop Social Change Leadership
      1. Talent Philanthropy
      2. Fundraising for Talent
      3. Funding Talent Development for Grantees
      4. Conclusion
    24. Guide 3: A Practical Guide on Intercultural Competence for Nonprofit Managers
      1. Part A: Framing Intercultural Competence in Your Work
      2. Part B: Facilitating Intercultural Competence in Your Organization
    25. References
      1. Introduction
      2. Chapter 1: Why Talent Development?
      3. Chapter 2: The Organizational Learning Assessment
      4. Chapter 3: Social Change Competencies
      5. Chapter 4: Creating Job Descriptions
      6. Chapter 5: Mapping Competencies and Proficiency Levels to Job Descriptions
      7. Chapter 6: The Individual Professional Development Assessment
      8. Chapter 7: The Individual Learning Styles Assessment
      9. Chapter 8: Developing Organizational Goals and Setting Objectives
      10. Chapter 9: Setting Individual Goals and Objectives
      11. Chapter 10: Implementing the Plan
      12. Chapter 11: Organizational Evaluation and Performance Assessment
      13. Guide 2: Talent Investing: Raising and Granting Funds to Develop Social Change Leadership
      14. Guide 3: A Practical Guide on Intercultural Competence for Nonprofit Managers
    26. Index
    27. End User License Agreement