The development needs of talented individuals can be met in a variety of different ways and are not limited to formal training courses. Our ’60 Ways to Develop’ guide gives an insight into the approaches you may wish to consider:
It is important to match development to an individual’s learning style to maximise the effectiveness of the development intervention. Honey and Mumford (1982) [3,4] developed a learning styles questionnaire which is widely used.
It may be that those who are identified through the talent management process are deployed outside their library and information role to deploy their talents most effectively. Considering opportunities for secondments, ‘acting-up’ into more senior roles or becoming part of project teams or task and finish groups can ensure that individuals’ talents are deployed effectively across organisations and systems. Further suggestions can be found in the ’60 Ways to Develop’ guide which is part of this resource .